Chasing butterflies

Along with beautifully landscaped gardens, visitors are treated to a variety of sculpture when strolling through Gibbs Gardens.  In the area leading up to the Japanese Garden, there are a group of bronze children.  I think these are representations of the founder – Jim Gibbs’ grandchildren but I’m not absolutely sure of that.

I grabbed an image of this little girl in bronze chasing butterflies.  It seemed to be capturing a past memory or a dream so, I added a bit of hazy vignette to give it that effect.

Gibbs Gardens
Ballground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/18 – 1/60 sec – ISO 100

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Revolutionary War Hero

Morgan County, Georgia is named in honor of Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan.  Morgan was well known as a military tactician and is most celebrated for his victory at the Battle of Cowpens (South Carolina) which is considered to be the turning point of the American Revolution in the South.

Morgan County was created from Baldwin County in 1807.  In 1809 the town of Madison was incorporated and named the county seat. Until 1818, when Walton County was created, Morgan County was a part of the western frontier of Georgia—all lands to the west of it being Creek Indian territory.

General Daniel Morgan statue
Madison Town Park
Madison, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
35mm @ f/8 – 1/500 sec – ISO 640

On the road to Bethlehem

Christmas is nearly here and I went to choir practice this evening to prepare for the celebration.  In our church, the decorations are not up as we are still in Advent.  There is a nativity scene outside but inside, only un-decorated Christmas trees.  Yet, the images of Mary and Joseph that are always on display are the best reminder of what the season is about.

I can only imagine faintly what they must have experienced.  To anticipate the new life that was coming and to know what that means to the world must have been incredible.  I hope that I can keep the gratitude for the true meaning of Christmas in my heart now and always.

Image of Virgin Mary
St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Alpharetta, Georgia

Garden reflections

It is very difficult to tell what the weather conditions are based on a s single scene, isn’t it?  This quiet corner of a reflecting pond in the Japanese Garden at Gibbs Gardens could have been taken at almost any time of year.  It happens that this is early December and the temperature was not too much above freezing.  With the beautiful sunshine and the reflections from the still water it really didn’t matter.  Sometimes it is great to get images that portray the season and sometimes the image seems to be timeless.

Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
125mm @ f/11 –  1/125 sec – ISO 100

Smiling in the morning sun

The Japanese Garden at Gibbs Gardens is scattered with stone statuary including this smiling Buddha that I saw.  It was a cold morning and the gardens were almost empty of visitors when we went a week ago but that feeling of sunshine on your face makes me smile even on days like this.

I only wish I could keep the happy spirit within me even when the sun isn’t shining!

Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
125mm @ f/11 –  1/13 sec – ISO 100