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.
"Learn to be an observer in all seasons.
Every single day, your garden has something new and wonderful to show you."
- - Author Unknown
"Step into the garden, lift your face to the sun, and just breathe.
It will help you to remember all that is beautiful and right in the world."
- - Author Unknown
"The beauteous pansies rise in purple, gold, and blue,
with tints of rainbow hue mocking the sunset skies."
- - Thomas John Ouseley
"Just remember, during the winter, far beneath the bitter snow,
that there's a seed that with the sun's love
in the spring becomes a rose."
- Leanne Rhimes
"Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts.
No matter how we may dread the rush,
the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given - -
when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children,
the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes."
- - Joan Winmill Brown
"I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one."
- - Edna St. Vincent Millay