Sometimes the elements align and you are presented with a scene that screams to be photographed.  On my third trip to Magnolia Gardens, I was finally beginning to relax and “see” images that were not as obvious as the ones I had been shooting.  I don’t know about you, but I bring to my photography other images I’ve seen, especially images I may have seen from the location I am shooting for the first time.  I call this my “Visual Portfolio”.  (Thanks Terry!)  In the case of Magnolia Gardens, I’ve seen glorious images from my buddy Tony Sweet.  It was hard not  to run to the arching trees or white bridges and make the same images.  So I did!!  Then, I wanted to step back and see what else I might find that was not in my “Visual Portfolio”.   Just on the other side of the famous and oft photographed white bridge, was this delicate scene filled with flowing color and strong lines created by the three main foreground trees.  It immediately drew me in and has become a personal favorite from the trip.  I know I’ve said it many times, however, it is worth repeating over and over, when I was finally “still” the images began to come.

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