“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
― Henry David Thoreau

Each spring, I spend as much time as possible at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens while the azaleas are blooming.  This year was no exception.

I made three separate day trips over three weekends in order to photograph the azalea bloom.

One of the three weekends I spent most of my day photographing the

peacocks.  If you did not see that post, you can find it here.

I always try to find new compositions when visiting a favorite and familiar place like Magnolia.  Although the images I came away with may not be new to everyone, they were different from things I  had previously photographed in the garden.

After going through three weeks of images, I finally settled upon my favorites.  When I looked for commonalities between the images,  I noticed that all of my favorites had the glow of gorgeous, early morning light.  There is no question that the early morning is my favorite time to photograph.


Wisteria and Azaleas

Calla Lily

Back Porch

The Boat


Morning Glory

Bridge View

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent in the garden photographing peacocks, seeing my first armadillo (that picture only exists in my memory), seeing many friends and fellow photographers, discovering new favorite images, and enjoying the spectacular beauty of nature.

On my third visit to the garden during the azalea bloom, I said my goodbyes until next year’s bloom.


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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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    I was there with Kate Silvia on a photo tour this year. The flowers were great and your photos are FANTASTIC!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      It is a very special place, Edward! Many thanks for your kind words!

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    Gorgeous images. Well composed with each telling it’s own story. Maybe in a future post you could talk about your post-processing work flow. All are very well done!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Bill! Thanks for your suggestion of sharing my process. I have some things in the works that may lead to that very thing. Many thanks!

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    Great images, MP-inspirational! Glad I made it there before the rains & wind!

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Thank you, Ron! Hope you beat the weather!

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    Really great photos. Your thoughts as you describe each photo make me realize how I need to think more about what is important to capture in the scene. I tend to just point and shoot sometimes, and I need to step back and think more about the composition and how to bring out the special elements that turn a regular picture into a work of art. You have already figured it out and your photos demonstrate that so well. Thanks.

    1. Mary Presson Roberts

      Helene, thank you, so much, for your kind words! I am glad that this helped you! Photography is a magical journey!

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