Photographer's Note

alone and yet not
surrounded in quiet joy
bursting with sheer peace

Taken at Hodges Gardens, in the less formal gardens area. The rustic bench and colorful lazy tulips wait in the dappled sunlight beneath overhanging oaks and pines with their new growth, providing a place to watch the Spring grow almost naturally.

Hodges Gardens was started by a Mr. Hodges many years ago to preserve and save the land that he felt would be lost to development. Hiking and riding trails have been made, camping areas set up, roads and buildings built, and a formal garden with a tower and a more natural garden with walking paths was created on the side of a small lake.

I clarified, saturated and sharpened this; though I could have done more to it, I was trying to capture in PP what I'd tried to capture on camera - natural and simple beauty.

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