“Then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.”
― William Wordsworth

There are two places that I simply must visit in late winter and early spring when things begin to bloom.  These are Magnolia Plantation and Gardens located in Charleston, South Carolina and

Gibbs Gardens, located in Ball Ground, Georgia.

I had to decide which garden to visit Saturday.  When I found that the daffodils were blooming, I decided to head to Gibbs Gardens.  Gibbs Gardens is about 4 1/2 hours drive from my home.  I got up Saturday morning before 4:00 a.m. so that I could be at the garden gates when they opened at 9:00 a.m.

Each time I visit a familiar location, I try to come away with different images than I already have.

Of course, I had to take some shots of the overall scene with daffodils lining the hills.  It is truly a spectacular sight to behold.

On the Hill

Once I took some of the standard shots, I started to look for something else.  There are many water features at Gibbs Garden.  I took a look at the types of reflection images I have not already created there.

Daffodils and Trees

I typically focus on many daffodils while at Gibbs Gardens.  As something different, I focused on only one flower and was thrilled with the results.


Lining the ponds of the garden were many frogs.  It apparently is mating season and the frogs were mating, laying eggs, and singing in hopes of finding a mate.  I was drawn to the edge of the pond by their songs.  It was amazing to hear.

Looking for Love

There were beautiful yellow bushes being backlit throughout the garden.  I wanted to incorporate these bushes into a composition.  I experimented with different apertures to see which depth of field I preferred.  In the end, I opted to allow the background to go out of focus in order to convey what I was seeing and feeling while there.

Fields of Gold

The light was absolutely perfect for photographing the daffodils.  We were treated with sunlight in the morning to backlight the flowers.  In the afternoon, there was a nice cloud cover which provided a wonderful diffused lighting situation.

Daffodil Drive

Although I was extremely tired driving home Saturday afternoon, I knew the trip was well worth the effort.   I thoroughly enjoyed welcoming spring amongst the beauty of millions of blooming daffodils in Gibbs Gardens.  I am already looking forward to my next visit.




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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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    Well captured, Mary!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Many thanks, Celso!

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    Gorgeous. I love the blooms by the side of the road and the one that looks like it is shimmering.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Cathy!

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    It’s a treat to see these flowers so soon before spring. Thanks for the post.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      You are very welcome! Thank you for your comment!

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    All images were great! Did you get over to the Grist Mill @ Berry College-another amazing site! Thx fir sharing the beauty, Mary!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Ron! I have never been to that Grist Mill. Thanks for sharing it with me!

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