A light in the darkness

The waterlily pond at Gibbs Gardens is a special place.  There are so many varied colors and shapes to look at and each of them is beautiful.  One of the challenges as well as the benefits of the way the garden is situated is how the light hits different areas.  Some spots are very shady, while others are full sunlight.  The areas in full sun really highlight the individual flowers but often, the highlights are too hot and the light is too harsh.

The spots that are shady tend to give you more pleasant results but the light can be difficult.  In this case, the sun cooperated by putting a little spotlight on the lily blossoms while leaving the surrounding pads mostly in the dark.  I like the contrast this provides and the fact that you can see lots of detail in the structure of the flower.  Often, mid-afternoon is a time of day that you don’t get the best light but there are isolated spots where you can still get some great images.

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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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

Lilies on fire

I posted an image of aquatic plant leaves from the lily pond at the Atlanta Botanical Garden a few days ago so, I had to show at least one of the lilies.  It really is amazing to look at these big showy flowers with all the different hues of color.  The lily pad leaves are a world to themselves with the texture and beautiful green and tinges of red.  It is hard to spend too much time admiring these plants.  If the gardens were not packed with so many other amazing sights, I might stay at this spot for the whole day.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
86mm @ f/11 – 1/125 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

Jewel of the Lily Pond

The Lily Pond at the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville is a serene spot that invites visitors to sit happily and enjoy the scenery.  This is one of the many beautiful blossoms that we saw on our visit last weekend.  It’s definitely somewhere we will go back to hopefully, soon.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
210mm @ f/10 – 1/250 sec – ISO 400

White Lotus

The Atlanta Botanical Garden in Gainesville has a nice water lily pond just outside it’s main entrance to the garden.  There is a mix of Egyptian Lotus type lilies like this one and tropical lilies which you more often see.

This was much more challenging of a shot than I thought it would be.  This white lotus was near the edge of the pond but to see the yellow center, you had to go way off to the side and lean over the rail.  I wanted to get in as close as I could to capture the center of the flower and the rain drops that covered the petals.  It took some chair moving and lots of changing of angles before I found a good vantage point.

The calm water behind this flower made for a beautiful background and I am pleased with the final image.  Hope you like it too.

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Gainesville, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
300mm @ f/8 – 1/400 sec – ISO 400