Whenever I take photos, I tend to focus on an individual object, whether it's a bug, a flower, or a tree; I like to focus in on the unique qualities inherent in each one. I strive to cause the viewer to pause long enough to take a closer look at common objects or scenes; for it's not always the size, but the beauty that holds your attention. I love nature photography, because, in fact, I simply take a photo of what God has created, and I'm constantly amazed at the beautiful detail in His handiwork!
My husband, Donnie, and I have enjoyed visiting the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Gardens for years, and I practically never come without my camera in hand. The Gardens are not only constantly changing with the Seasons, but also, ever-changing, with the addition of new garden areas being developed continually. With this transient nature in mind, I strive to capture beautiful moments in time through my photography.
The time and dedication that the Friends of the Garden lovingly put into the care of the Gardens makes it a pleasant and refreshing experience for all that visit. Some of our favorite areas of the Gardens are the beautiful Rose Garden and the relaxing Hosta Garden, and the Bill Roston Butterfly House is always a delightful, learning experience. Whether we take a leisurely stroll around Lake Drummond, or go for the more unique sights in the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Gardens, it's definitely one of our favorite places to go for a walk in Springfield.
My husband and I also frequent many other natural parks and gardens in Missouri and Arkansas; in particular, Dunnegan Park in Bolivar, and Powell Gardens near Warrensburg.
"The last snowflake gives way to the first buds of Spring.
Let nature remind us that even our hardest times end, and life begins anew."
- - Author Unknown
"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred,
and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit,
become a child again at Christmas-time."
- - Laura Ingalls Wilder
"The best things are nearest:
breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes,
flowers at your feet, duties at your hand,
the path of God just before you."
- - Robert Louis Stevenson
"A garden teems with life.
It glows with color and smells like heaven
and puts forward at every hour of a summer day
beauties which man could never have created
and could not even, on his own resources, have imagined."
-- C.S. Lewis
2013 Orchid Show
"An Ozark Orchid Safari"
Presented by the Springfield Orchid Society
at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center
Designed and installed by
local artist Christine Schilling to be an
"ever-blooming bouquet of local plants and animals."
Mosaic - a surface decoration made by
inlaying small pieces of variously colored material
to form pictures or patterns.
"Into all our lives, in many simple, familiar, homely ways,
God infuses this element of joy from the surprises of life,
which unexpectedly brighten our days, and fill our eyes with light."
-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow