Lens-Artists Challenge #140 – Change of Scenery
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes. “Terry Pratchett
It has been a long time (or so it seems) since we’ve been able to travel to new and different foreign locations. This week’s guest host, Beth of Wandering Dawgs, reminds us that often a change of scenery can be just around the corner and need not involve planes, trains or cruise liners at all.
Just a 30 minute drive away from our home on Kiawah are the beautifully exotic Magnolia Gardens and Plantation. Each year I try to visit at least once, and this year is no exception (although sadly the pandemic did keep me away in 2020). There, all seasons are magical, but spring is especially so. All of today’s images are from my Gardens visits during spring through the years.
“The key to a better life isn’t always a change of scenery. Sometimes it simply requires opening your eyes.”Richelle E Goodrich
One of the things I most love about the Gardens is the abundance of nesting birds. Egrets, Blue Herons, Cormorants and many other species are everywhere (as are photographers). Females update the nests as their mates continually deliver building materials. Interestingly as many as a dozen nests with birds of every variety can often be found on a single tree – rather like a multi-cultural bird condo. 😊 Chicks can be heard calling for a meal as gators cruise below hoping for a fall.
“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could we ask?”Victor Hugo
As the birds busily prepare for, give birth to, and raise the next generation, there is incredible growth happening throughout the plantation’s gardens. Magnolia is the oldest public garden in America, founded in 1676 and opened to the public in 1870. Today it is comprised of nearly 500 acres with paths meandering among camellias, daffodils, azaleas, wisteria, magnolias and countless other varieties of blooms. Built along the Ashley River, it also includes wetlands and a beautiful cypress and tupelo swamp.
“You can spend your life traveling around the world searching for the Garden of Eden, or you can create it in your backyard.”Khang Kijarro Nguyen
One of the things I love about the Gardens is the way the grounds lend themselves to a marvelous integration of trees, flowers, waterways and structures. I’ve taken a bit of license with the images above and below because in my opinion the natural beauty lends itself perfectly to artistic interpretation.
“The leaf that spreads in the light is the only holiness there is.”Kage Baker
I’ll close today’s post with a favorite image of a simple azalea blossom, followed by an image of a lily which I’ve posted previously. I include it in honor of the arrival of spring her in the U.S. and the coming of Easter for those who celebrate.
“Just past hell lies paradise. Sometimes we have to remind ourselves of that.”Serena Hartwell
“The greatest skill is the ability to persevere.”Avina Celeste
My thought in closing with my final two images is directed toward resurrection. So many of us have been awaiting the moment when we can re-enter the lives we had become used to – filled with family, travel, restaurant dining and so many other things we have been denied this past year. While not full resurrection, we are at last beginning to again see the light of day beyond the view from our own windows. As we look forward to further freedoms, please remember to follow the advice of the scientists and be mindful of the safety of others as well as your own.
Thanks to all who responded to last week’s Special Moments post – we very much enjoyed sharing in your fondest memories. We thank Beth for leading us this week, and look forward to seeing the scenery you’ve chosen in response. Please remember to link to her original post and to use the Lens-Artists Tag. Next week Patti will once again deliver our challenge. Until then, as always please stay safe and be kind.