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.
"There are two seasonal diversions that can ease the bite of any winter.
One is the January thaw. The other is the seed catalogues."
- - Hal Borland
"Of all the months of the year there is not a month one-half so welcome to the young, or so full of happy associations, as the last month of the year..."
- - Charles Dickens
"When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions -
give off the greatest glow of happiness."
- - Bob Hope
“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
"...Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
-- Matthew 6:28b-29
"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for a moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not." - - Georgia O'Keeffe