Photo Challenge: Lens-Artists – Serene

Our prompt this week is “serene” – a wonderful choice for year end.

I frequently am at Brookgreen Gardens and enjoy the sculpture there. There’s something about finding a bench and enjoying the tranquility and serenity of the gardens. It’s the perfect example of the “stop and smell the roses” quote.

One of my favorite subjects in the garden is Diana – the Roman goddess of wild animals and the hunt. Diana was a popular subject of the artists as there are several interpretations of her in the gardens. The photo above and two photos below are of a sculpture done by Augustus Saint-Gaudin. There is always a fantastic seasonal floral display around the sculpture.

The Diana sculpture below was done by Anna Hyatt Huntington. She and her husband – Archer Huntington – purchased the property and transformed it into the first sculpture garden in the country.

Anna Hyatt Huntington sculpted the two lions above also.

On one visit, I was able to get a photo with the sunset in the background. I’m especially happy with this photo as I was able to photoshop a couple of pesky tourists out of the background.

You can see responses from other bloggers here: https://pilotfishblog.com/2021/12/18/lens-artists-photo-challenge-179-serene/

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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 – Fountains

Black and White Fountain

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