“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”
― Audrey Hepburn

Gibbs Garden, located in Ball Ground, Georgia, has become a must visit location for me two times each year.  I first visit Gibbs Garden in March for the daffodil bloom to see millions of daffodils cascading throughout the garden.  For the past three years, I also have been visiting the garden 

in the fall to see the incredible colors of the Japanese Garden.

The colors in my area have been very muted this autumn.  I was absolutely amazed by the vibrant colors that met me at every turn as I entered Gibbs Garden this past weekend.

First Stop

There are many ponds in the Japanese Garden.  The colors reflecting in water fascinated me and captured my attention during most of my visit.

God’s Paintbrush

Gold and Blue

I imagined God, using his paintbrush, to add color to the world as I observed these abstract of the colorful leaves reflecting in the water.

Forest Reflections

Grand landscapes were displayed, in mirrored form, in the ponds.

Tree and Garden Visitor

The reflections were so vivid, it was difficult to choose whether to focus on the scene, or its reflection as it danced across the water.

Usually, I prefer overcast days for photographing nature.  Overcast days would not have allowed me to capture all of the reflected beauty that met me both Saturday and Sunday.

Traveling Leaves

Many leaves were falling from the trees and creating additional elements to add to each scene.

Red Leaf Litter

Although all of the colors were mesmerizing, the bright reds of the Japanese Maple trees were holding my attention the most.

Hanging On

I used to only photograph nature during early morning or late afternoon light.  I have recently been working to challenge myself to photograph at any time of day in all kinds of light.  I have found that it is all about how you use the light that is available and learning what works and does not work with any type of light.

A Final Look

This was my last photographed scene of Gibbs Garden this fall.  It will not be my last photograph taken at Gibbs Garden.  I know I will be back when the daffodils begin bursting forth.  Perhaps I will also have a chance to visit during other times of the year this year.

As I drove home from Ball Ground, Georgia, I thought about how thankful I am for the changing of the seasons and the beauty and wonder that can be found in nature.




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Mary Presson Roberts
Mary Presson Roberts

I am a travel and fine art photographer living and working in the Carolinas. My camera has taken me to places I never would have experienced and to people I never would have met. Photography has truly changed my life! Using my blog, I hope to share the joys of both travel and photography.

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    Wonderful, Mary!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Celso!

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    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thanks, so much, Mary!

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    Simply gorgeous shots.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Cathy!

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    Love reflections and especially like ” A Final Look”.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Dan! I believe that one is my favorite, as well.

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    Stunning, Mary!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Jennifer!

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    Beautiful. Love God’s paintbrush! Hi, from the Vision-Driven. 😉

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Yes, God’s paintbrush, indeed! Thank you, Carol Ann!

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