Hints of Autumn

The change of seasons is so different from one place to another.  Here in the Atlanta area, we experience seasonal turbulence during the time of change.  Temperatures can swing pretty widely on a daily basis so we can get all four seasons in a day or two and then switch back the next day.  With the month of October rolling in, I thought maybe we would start to see the colors changing in the trees.  Of course, here there is no consistency.  Some trees have dropped their leaves, some have hints of color and some are completely green.

On our walk through Gibbs Garden last Sunday, we only saw a couple of trees displaying fall colors and those were not really fully changed yet.  I hope we will start to see these changes more full over the next few weeks.  The gardens will have their Japanese Maples Colorfest in about two weeks so, I’m ready to go back and see that soon.  The gardens are beautiful as always but it looks mostly like Summer for the time being.

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/9 – 1/20 sec – ISO 250

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Lily pond reflections

As beautiful as the perfect pink lilies are, it was the ripples in the water that really caught my eye here.  The yellow and green stripes in the water just brought out the light and movement as the surface of the water was touched by a light wind.

I could have zoomed in more on the flowers but the water was just as interesting in this case.  I’m not sure everyone would agree with my choice here but this was the scene that I found most appealing.  That each of us can see different things when looking at nature is one of the things that makes it always appealing.  On my next visit, I’m sure I will see another aspect that captures my attention.  What a great way to spend an afternoon.

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
200mm @ f/9 – 1/20 sec – ISO 250

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Luck or skill?

Skill is essential, preparation is required but luck, well maybe luck is even better.

On our visit to the Atlanta Botanical Garden we stopped by the Orchid Center which is one of my favorite spots here.  The front of the building was rather blocked up as they were preparing for a concert in the gardens and that is where the stage is set up.  In spite of all that, I walked around in front of the stage to see what was going on in the water lily pond that is always a great sight.

I got some great water lily shots but when we were about to leave, I spotted something that stopped me in my tracks.  The image above is a reflection of aquatic plant leaves partially submerged in the pond.  The texture and colors of these leaves were just spectacular and the mirror image made it irresistible.

If I had stuck with my original focus and only saw the lilies it would have been worth the stop but this was the icing on the cake!  I love it when a scene just jumps out at you when you weren’t even expecting it.  I will take the lucky accident whenever I can get it.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
240mm @ f/16 – 1/25 sec – ISO 200

Floating on glass

We ventured out to Gibbs Gardens this weekend to see what was blooming.  As always, it was worth the trip although, the water lilies were not as numerous as other times we have visited.  Some of the lily pads were bare and others had one or two blossoms peeking above the water.  This single bloom was in a shady spot where the still water was reflecting some color from the surrounding trees.

I had wished that there was some more sunlight getting through to this one but as it turned out, the result was a kind of soft, pastel image.  I imagine it could have been sharper and brighter with that spotlight effect I had in my mind had come about but then, what I got may have been even better.

Gibbs Gardens
Ballground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
380mm @ f/16 – 1/13 sec – ISO 100

Hilton Head Island sunrise reflections

Wish I could always start my day like this.  You have to get up early, but it is worth it!

My favorite part of our stay at Hilton Head was when we would walk over to the beach and watch the sun rise.  At this particular time, the tide was out and the color of the sky and the clouds overhead were reflected in the water on the beach.  It’s almost like having two sunrises at the same time.

Hilton Head Island
Palmetto Dunes Beach Park

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/16 – 1/3 sec – ISO 100

Lindale Reflections

The Roswell Photographic Society had an outing to visit the Lindale Mill in Lindale, Georgia yesterday.  This is an old textile mill near Rome, Georgia which has been purchased and opened to photographers and movie sets.  The facility is full of interesting industrial grunge and the green paint is fabulous for color and texture.

I had to post this one because the RPS photo review this month is on Reflections.  Hope everyone enjoyed the trip and I am looking forward to our meeting on Tuesday!

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
19mm @ f/14 – 0.5 sec – ISO 800

River-walk reflection

It seems that the time-change has extended the hours of the River Walk along the Chattahoochee in Roswell.  Joyce and I went out around 5PM yesterday to walk along the river with the thought that we would be pretty much alone.  That was not at all the case.  The walkway was still very much in use and there were parties in the pavilions along the river.  It seems that, since this was a nice, warm and sunny day, everyone had the same idea.  I guess the fact that we just made the spring-ahead time change had something to do with it since there was no hint of the sun setting anytime soon.

We spotted this Canada Goose along the way.  I just loved the reflection in this scene.  Of course, within a couple of minutes, all the other passers-by saw it as well and the geese swam off due to all the close attention.  Oh well, at least i got a decent shot before that.

Chattahoochee River Walk – Roswell, Georgia
Nikon D7100
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
210mm @ f16 –  1/20 sec – ISO 160