Susie Wilson

Susie Wilson

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.

Susie Wilson

Monday, 08 September 2014 00:00

"...the gladdest thing..."

"I will be the gladdest thing

Under the sun!

I will touch a hundred flowers

And not pick one."

- -  Edna St. Vincent Millay

Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

Where Flowers Bloom...

"Where flowers bloom so does hope."
- - Lady Bird Johnson

Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:00

May Flowers

"Sweet April showers do spring May flowers."
--Thomas Tusser

Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

Spring 2014

"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

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 00:00

A Closer Look

"Don't overlook life's small joys

while searching for the big ones."

- -  Unknown Author

Monday, 23 December 2013 00:00

Merry Christmas!

"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

Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00


"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

Monday, 22 July 2013 00:00


"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

Thursday, 18 April 2013 00:00

An Ozark Orchid Safari

2013 Orchid Show

"An Ozark Orchid Safari"

Presented by the Springfield Orchid Society

at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center

Monday, 18 February 2013 00:00

Mosaic Patio

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.

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