Back to Nature I

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Canon 6D, 24-105mm f/4L

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. ~ Confucius

There’s no doubt about it. I am blessed to have the Botanical Gardens right at my doorstep. Having Nature so close to me is wonderful. And so I’ve been taking a lot of walks in the gardens and its surroundings. I especially like it when the rainy season begins and the temperature drops by a few degrees. Needless to say, I’ve taken countless pictures here. Wait, I hear you say…don’t you ever get bored with taking pictures of the same scenery? Ah yes, sometimes…I have to be honest about that. But that’s where my creative juices kick in and I start looking at Nature differently—using different lenses, exploring different angles, shooting at different times of day, stuff like that. So to start off this series of posts, I’ve chosen to show the gardens and its surroundings.

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Both photos above: Canon 6D, 24-105mm f/4L

Perhaps the best thing I like about the gardens are its waterfalls. They are particularly resplendent during the rainy season, when the surge of water from the nearby hills makes the waterfalls “sing.” I find the sound of waterfalls to be very calming—to me it’s akin to white noise. If the temperature here could magically drop by at least 10° I could sit and listen to them all day.

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Canon 6D, 100mm f/2.8L Macro

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Canon 6D, 70-200mm f/4L

I love that quote by Confucius. I feel a little sad when I see people coming to exercise here and they have their headphones on, or they are talking loudly to one another or trying to appear busy with their cellphones. Uh uh…not me. I leave the electronics at home. I do have my watch but very often I’m so carried away with my photography that I don’t even realize the time. Anyway, it’s having a creative eye that makes me attempt to take different pictures every time. So yes, I see and I photograph dead leaves. Just because they’re dead doesn’t mean they have lost their beauty.

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Canon 6D, 70-200mm f/4L

The lily ponds are a treat for me. I like to take pictures of the reflections in the water, particularly when it’s raining. I’m so glad that they have got all the fountains working again. More about that later.

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Canon 6D, 100mm f/2.8L Macro

Here’s a shot of the nearby hills during a very rainy morning. Yes, that’s fog coming down the slopes. Makes for a very atmospheric shot, yes?

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