Photo Challenge: Lens-Artists – Splash

This week Patti has asked us to share the magical quality of water.

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Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden down the road in Murrells Inlet.  Many of the pieces are in fountains so I decided to use these in my post.  We have a family membership (only $100) which allows us to visit as many times as we want during the year – and considering how many times I visit, it’s a fantastic bargain for me.

This sculpture was done by Anna Hyatt Huntington as are many of the pieces in the gardens.  A former rice plantation, Mrs Huntington and her husband, Archer Huntington purchased the property and it was Mrs Huntington’s vision that built the gardens.  

The Fighting Stallions piece is located at the entrance of the gardens.  This view is of the back of the piece as it’s rather difficult to take a photo of the front due to the traffic conditions.

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The Fountain of the Muses by Carl Milles is my absolute favorite.  The figures represent the arts – architecture, music, poetry, sculpture and painting.  It’s so peaceful and beautiful and the sound of the tiny splashes of water are soothing.

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The picture above was taken a couple of years ago during the Night of a Thousand Candles.  The reflection of the lights above into the pool gives it the feel of a bottomless abyss.  This year’s event starts next week and I’m excited to see what they do this year.  

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The Tortoise Fountain is by Janet Scudder.  It’s in a small, quiet section named “Anne’s Garden”.

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Another favorite of mine is Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  It adjoins The Fountain of the Muses.  I often sit on the wall and watch the reactions of others as they walk by.  The plantings are changed out regularly and I’ve gotten a lot of my butterfly and bee captures here also. 

I often post pictures of the gardens so check back often to see more.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://pilotfishblog.com/2018/11/24/lens-artists-photo-challenge-21-splash/

More of my photography can be seen here: photographyinpearls.photoshelter.com

Cee’s Black and White Challenge – Sculpture, Statues, Carvings

I can’t believe I almost missed Cee’s challenge this week!  I live five miles from Brookgreen Gardens, the first sculpture garden in America and founded by Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington. 

I go to walk the gardens often – always with my camera in hand.  I’ve taken so many photos there that I’ve published a book with some of my favorites and I’m working on a second volume.  You can see Volume 1 here.

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Cycle of Life by Paul Howard Manship BW 3This sculpture is titled Cycle of Life and was sculpted by Paul Howard Manship who has several of his pieces throughout the gardens.  

You can see more of my photography here.

Cee’s Black and White Challenge – Fountains

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Diana by Augustus Saint-Gaudens

To see a collection of sculpture at Brookgreen Gardens, my book is available here: http://www.blurb.com/b/8635709-a-stroll-through-the-gardens

You can see more of my photography here: photographyinpearls.photoshelter.com

 

Photo Challenge – Awakening

This week we are asked to share an image of an awakening.

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Awakening by Vincent Glinsky

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Photo Challenge – I’d Rather Be…

This week we are asked to share what we would rather be doing right now…

Walking the Beach

I’d rather be walking the beach…

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I’d rather be taking photos…

Reading with Carter

But most of all, I’d rather be reading with this little guy.

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You can find more of my photography here: photographyinpearls.photoshelter.com

Photo Challenge – Unusual

This week we are asked to post a photo that is unusual in some way for us, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way.

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The Spacewalker by Richard McDermott Miller in black and white.

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Photo Challenge – Ambience

This week we are asked to show ambience – a positive atmosphere that lifts a person’s mood.

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It’s the middle of January.  Earlier this week, temperatures here in South Carolina were below freezing and there was a small chance we might get snow.  Today it’s 70 degrees outside. 

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 So a trip to Brookgreen Gardens was on today’s “to do” list.  Strolling along the paths and under magnificent oak trees dripping with Spanish moss creates such a calm and peaceful atmosphere.  Time instantly slowed for me today and all problems and worries were forgotten.

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Diana of the Chase and Great Dane sculptures by Anna Hyatt Huntington.

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Photo Challenge – Shine

This week we are asked to share an experience when the shine of a light source caused us to stop for a second look.

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Night of a Thousand Candles – Brookgreen Gardens

Every year Brookgreen Gardens hosts Night of a Thousand Candles during the month of December.  Words cannot describe the beauty of the gardens with thousands of lights and candles set among the sculptures.  There are carolers, story tellers and music too. 

I stopped by Brookgreen Gardens earlier this week and preparations are already underway for this year’s event.  Most of the work is done by volunteers and although it doesn’t seem possible, every year is better than the year before.

Check out this link for a peek at past years’ events: http://www.brookgreen.org/NightsofaThousandCandles.html

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