Magnificent Magnolia Gardens – WPC
“A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.”
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”.
“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.
“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.
“Ideas are like flowers that bloom in our mind’s garden.”
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 😀
“Charity is the entrance to the garden.”
Seth Adam Smith
“A garden is made of hope.”
“Working in garden is like digging knowledge from the earth.”
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