I went to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens last weekend. I wanted a walk, I wanted some fresh air, and I wanted to see what was new for picture taking.
What a change from just three weeks earlier! Many of the flowers that had been in bloom were no longer there. The top row of the gallery above is what I saw in October; the bottom row is from September. There were still things to see, but only the rose was brightly colored.
My first clue as to how much the garden had changed was as soon as I walked out the doors of the visitors center. The lush greenery and flowers around the fountain were gone and in its place, some rather sparse potted plants.
A few more feet out and the next fountain was actually shut off (the only picture I could find of the fountain working is from April 2012; the fountain is to the far left of the photo).
The greenhouse fared no better. All those lovely red flowers and yellow bromeliads from the photo on the left were gone. Violas, a winter hardy pansy, were waiting in pots to be planted.
The gardens on the side path leading to the greenhouse were also gone (left photo). The dahlias, lantanas, and orange gerbera daisies were all gone, replaced by more violas.
I saw only one – ONE – bee the entire time. There were no butterflies, no dragonflies, no wasps, and few birds. Of course, with how few flowers there were, I wasn’t overly surprised. But still, it was warm enough I would have expected to see at least a few bees getting a last load of pollen before winter.
I did see Christmas lights and they were lit up too! You have to look closely due to how bright it was outside, but those yellow dots on the shrub and the white dots on the ground cover next to it are Christmas lights.
Did I have fun? Of course! There’s always something to take a picture of and as I said at the beginning, the opportunity for a walk and some fresh air is important too. So here’s a few more things that I saw last weekend.
Remember to keep looking for beauty everywhere. Enjoy the seasons, such as they are. And take a walk to get some fresh air, everyday if possible.
Go outside. Don’t tell anyone and don’t bring your phone.
Start walking and keep walking until you no longer know the road
like the palm of your hand, because we walk the same roads
day in and day out, to the bus and back home and we cease to see.
We walk in our sleep and teach our muscles to work without thinking
and I dare you to walk where you have not yet walked and I dare you to notice.
Don’t try to get anything out of it, because you won’t.
Don’t try to make use of it, because you can’t.
And that’s the point. Just walk, see, sit down if you like.
And be. Just be, whatever you are with whatever you have,
and realise that that is enough to be happy.
~ Charlotte Eriksson
To wrap up – did this nurture my creativity? Actually, it was a difficult post for me. I had to scan two sets of photographs, looking for commonalities and differences and keep a storyline straight. It would have been so much easier to just post what I saw on my walk in October, but that didn’t accomplish what I wanted to set out. So yes, trying something different did nurture my creativity and give me ideas for future ideas with showing my photography.
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I am a backyard adventurer, philosopher and observer, recording my life in journals and photographs. Visit my blog at www.livingtheseasons.com or write me at dogear6 [at] gmail [dot] com.