Magnificent Magnolia Gardens – WPC

“A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.”

Luis Barragan

BRIDGE TO BEAUTY

BRIDGE TO BEAUTY

I was happy to see this week’s Photo Challenge “Favorite Places” as I’d spent a beautiful afternoon last week at one of MY favorite places, the truly magnificent Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. As spring blossoms across the low country, the gardens – located just outside of downtown Charleston, are an absolute “must see”.

PRETTY IN PINK

PRETTY IN PINK

“In the tranquillity of a garden, we detest war and love peace much more than any other place.”

Mehmet Murat Ildan

The gardens are known for their amazing flowers, enchanting walkways, cypress and oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, and water-reflected bridges. All of those things are incredibly beautiful but for me the pull of the gardens is located in the Swamp Garden – which sounds awful but trust me, it is magical.

SPRING RITUAL

SPRING RITUAL

“May the rain water the garden, and the love in your heart.”

Anthony T Hincks

The Swamp Garden is home to a spring ritual that is irresistible to nature lovers and photographers alike. Within its rookery, there are a plethora of nesting egrets, herons, anhingas and other birds. Photographers gather to capture these graceful creatures as they mate, gather nesting materials, and defend their homes from interlopers.

SHOWOFF

SHOWOFF

“Ideas are like flowers that bloom in our mind’s garden.”

Avijeet Das

Beyond the graceful and sometimes comic antics of the naturally-local birds, the Gardens have a small open-air zoo highlighting some of the animals that would have been resident in years gone by. There were two male peacocks and several pea hens in residence, and I couldn’t resist making a few captures of these colorful birds.

A few additional favorites for your viewing pleasure 😀

READY TO LAUNCH

READY TO LAUNCH

“Charity is the entrance to the garden.”

Seth Adam Smith

GRACEFUL OAK

GRACEFUL OAK

“A garden is made of hope.”

W.S. Merwin

TRANQUILITY

TRANQUILITY

“Working in garden is like digging knowledge from the earth.”

Karthikeyan V

 

All of today’s captures were made with my Fuji X-T2. I was very pleased with its performance, particularly in it’s ability to render vivid colors. And on the subject of cameras, for those of you who played along with a guess on the cameras used in last week’s post, here is the correct information:

Be The Ball – Nikon D/50 with Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8

Rice Fields, Longsheng and Game of Games – Nikon D/300s with Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5 – 5.6

Kiawah Tide Pools – Fuji X-T2 with Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8

Home Sweet Home – iPhone 8 Plus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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100 thoughts on “Magnificent Magnolia Gardens – WPC

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  2. I love gardens , birds and appreciate your bringing the beauty back to your posts for us to see. I have never been there & must do it next time!
    Am too unidimensional ..always Beach bound .😎

  3. Gardens are such special places Tina and you have caught the magical beauty of this one. Lucky you being close so you can visit regularly through the seasons.

  4. Wonderful photos, and such great entries for the photo challenge! I love the quotes and the mix of animals and flowers.

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  6. I wouldn’t know what device you would have used, Tina, unless you tell me. Mind you all of your photos are to die for. You are right about swampy areas, it’s teeming with life.

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  8. What a beautiful garden, Tina. Stunning colours all round. A visual treat. That reflection in the first shot is a sight to behold. Very magical and hope a lovely spring is on its way for you 😊

  9. Oh, thanks for showing us around this beautiful garden, Tina! I agree with Sally on the first image looking like an Impressionist painting…..

  10. I received your lovely quotes and words in the email, but photos were missing. What happened? Wilma

    Sent from my iPad

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