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

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Monday, 17 March 2014 00:00

"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

"Don't overlook life's small joys

while searching for the big ones."

- -  Unknown Author

Monday, 23 December 2013 00:00

"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

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

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.

Monday, 18 February 2013 00:00

"Harbinger" - Precedes and indicates the approach of another.

Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

"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

Saturday, 01 December 2012 00:00
Saturday, 01 December 2012 00:00
Saturday, 01 December 2012 00:00
Saturday, 05 May 2012 17:03

"The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily

do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm.

If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose,

spring would lose its loveliness."

-- Therese of Lisieux

Friday, 30 December 2011 17:25

"Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot,

others transform a yellow spot into the sun."

-- Pablo Picasso

Thursday, 29 December 2011 18:55

"...come with me... to a quiet place and... rest."

-- Mark 6:31 (NIV)

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 17:34

"The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it."

-- William James

Wednesday, 06 July 2011 20:47
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 20:25
Saturday, 04 June 2011 16:44
Monday, 30 May 2011 16:55
Thursday, 24 March 2011 16:53

Springfield Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale

at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center

March 18-20, 2011

Wednesday, 02 March 2011 22:45
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 22:30

"For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come,..."

-- Song of Solomon 2:11 & 12


Friday, 04 February 2011 20:08

"If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?" 

-- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Friday, 31 December 2010 17:42

"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,

all the walks I want to take,

all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see."

– John Burroughs

Monday, 15 November 2010 22:42
Monday, 15 November 2010 22:38

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."

-- Albert Camus

Monday, 15 November 2010 22:21

"Each moment of the year has its own beauty... 

a picture which was never before and shall never be seen again." 

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, 09 November 2010 21:12
Tuesday, 09 November 2010 21:05
Friday, 05 November 2010 17:18
Friday, 05 November 2010 17:10
Friday, 05 November 2010 17:06
Friday, 05 November 2010 16:52
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 21:35
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 21:31
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 20:55
Friday, 29 October 2010 17:51
Friday, 29 October 2010 17:20
Thursday, 28 October 2010 17:29
Thursday, 28 October 2010 17:18

"Hope blooms like a beautiful rose amid the thorns of life."

-- Author Unknown

Thursday, 28 October 2010 17:02
Thursday, 28 October 2010 16:47
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 14:44
An assortment of flowers for you.