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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Monet Waterlily Festival

Joyce and I drove out to Gibbs Gardens to see what was going on for the first of their Fall Festivals.  Right now the focus is on the Water Lily gardens which are looking quite nice.  I thought this was one of the coolest lilies to see although, it was not open as fully as most of the others we saw.

The deep purple exterior with white interior and yellow stamen made it attractive to start with but the reflections of the surrounding trees really made the scene pop. Not sure if you agree but I thought this could have been a subject for a Monet painting.

I think we will be making more trips to Ball Ground as the autumn colors come in and fill the garden trees with the glory of Fall.

Monet Waterlily Festival
Gibbs Gardens
Ball Ground, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
210mm @ f/9 – 1/15 sec – ISO 250

Just hangin’ out

It’s funny but, I think I took as many shots at the first spot we stopped in the Botanical Gardens as I did in the rest of our visit!  This turtle was sitting along the edge of the water garden by the front entrance.  At first, we weren’t sure if it was a garden decoration (statue) or if it was live.  On closer inspection, you could see him move around a little but he wasn’t about to leave his preferred spot.

I don’t think they really set it up this way on purpose but, the contrast between the mossy golden foreground and the green duckweed behind him really made a nice environment for this turtle portrait.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 S Milledge Avenue
Athens, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
340mm @ f/11 – 1/100 sec – ISO 200

Trying to open the pitcher?

In front of the Visitor’s Center at the State Botanical Garden is a water garden full of lilies and pitcher plants.  On a hot July day, the water and plants attract quite a few dragonflies that are not all that concerned with people passing by.  This particular one had laid claim to a bright red pitcher plant and stayed there for quite a while so I could get his portrait.

I had put my long lens on the camera with hopes of seeing hummingbirds but it turns out that this is a pretty good tool for close-up shots as well.  The only problem was that I kept getting closer than the minimum focus distance and had to back up a number of times.

I thought this came out really well since I was hand-holding the big lens and got some fantastic sharpness on the little details like the hairs on the dragonfly’s legs.  I kind of wish I had set my aperture a bit smaller to get the whole of the wing-span in focus but I wanted to blur out the background for a smooth look.  The green background was provided by a lily pad in the pond behind the pitcher plant.

State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 S Milledge Avenue
Athens, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/640 sec – ISO 400