Lens-Artists Challenge #191 – Curves

red, berries, fence, rust
Curve and Berries

“Magic lives in curves, not angles.”

Mason Cooley

This week for the first time in what seems like forever, a friend and I went on a photography expedition to nearby Magnolia Gardens. I’ve not been motivated at all since Covid began, so by now my only choice was to push myself out the door, like it or not. Ann-Christine’s challenge for the week, Curves, was very much on my mind as I enjoyed the incredible beauty of springtime in Charleston.

flower, pink, curves, spring
Counting Curves

“Light is my inspiration. It caresses the essential superlative curves and lines.”

Ruth Bernhard

All of today’s images (and way too many more) are from our day in the gardens. Spring was fully in bloom, especially with azaleas and camellias. A very light, misty rain which stopped just before our arrival had left its mark on the blossoms, making them even more appealing to the eye and the lens.

pink, buds, bridge, bokeh, azalea
By the Bridge

“Curve: the loveliest distance between two points.”

Mae West

My friend, who owns an amazing camera and several wonderful lenses, had decided to challenge herself to use only her new iPhone 13 pro max. We were amazed at the quality of her results with the flowers and landscapes. A capability for shooting at a distance and capturing motion on the other hand showed the strengths of a “real” camera. We both agreed some further study on how to use the iPhone for best results is in order.

fish, water, cormorant, fishing
Capturing A Capture

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

Phyllis Diller

The gardens offer much more than flowers. We decided to take advantage of a small boat ride through the waters of what once was a major rice plantation. In addition to several huge gators and some beautiful birds, we came upon the cheeky cormorant above with its soon-to-be lunch and watched as it struggled, successfully, to swallow its prey.

egret, curves, display, nesting
Egret Display

“Always see your mistakes as a learning curve.”

Auliq Ice

Rather than blather on, I’ll include a few more of my favorite images from the day – illustrating the wealth of subject matter available throughout the gardens. If ever you’re in our area, this is one place I would tell you is not to be missed!

water, garden, statue, vista
Garden Vista With Reflected Curve
bridge, garden, azaleas
Curved Bridge to Beauty
Wisteria, branch, flowers
Graceful Wisteria Curve
azalea, rain drops, pink, flower
Azalea After the Rain
Great Blue Heron, water
Great Blue Heron’s Curves

Yes, I got a bit carried away but hopefully you’ll forgive my enthusiasm for a beautiful day spent in a wonderful place with a good friend. It’s been much too long since I dusted off my camera and spent time in the field enjoying both the process and joy of photography.

Sincere thanks to those of you who responded to last week’s Close and Closer challenge. It was great fun seeing so many excellent examples of the power of closing in on a subject. Thanks also to Ann-Christine for this week’s thoughtful and timely challenge. Be sure to link your response to her original here, and to use the Lens-Artists Tag to help us find you. Until next week, as always, please stay safe and be kind.

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