Monthly Archives: June 2012

{just for fun} WATER PLAY

We have a beautiful outdoor shopping center nearby that is home to a magnificent marble fountain.  It’s beautiful from every angle.  Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland, MS, welcomes shoppers with a massive, hand-crafted Italian fountain made of quarried marble.  It’s designed in the likeness of a fountain in Rome which has four sea horses.  This exquisite creation  is 16-feet tall and sprays 14,000 gallons of water per minute into the lower chamber.  Ever since the first day I saw it, I have been wanting to take pictures of it.  Why?  Because of the water, of course!  One of my favorite things to do with my camera is stop water or blur it.  While driving past the shopping center this past weekend, I excitedly realized I had my camera with me.  So I quickly requested that my husband run me by the shopping center for a moment.  He said, “Sure, what do you need?” – as in what store did I need him to pull up to.  I replied, “Oh, no store!  I want to play with the water.”  With a puzzled look but no further questions, he turned into the parking lot, and as we passed by the fountain I yelled, “Right here, you can stop right here!”  “In the parking lot?” he asked.  “You want me to stop right here?”  Then I pointed to the marble fountain and said, “Yes, THIS is the water I want to play with!”  So he parked the car and out I hopped and the next 45 minutes were total fun.  Even though the sun was going down and I didn’t have my flash with me to help capture crisper images, here are some of my favorite photos from that play time.

Fountain at Renaissance at Colony Park
Fountain at Renaissance at Colony Park
Fountain at Renaissance at Colony Park


I cannot imagine being so gifted as a craftsman that I could cut a chunk of marble to the point of it looking life-like.  But this artisan surely was; and he surely did.  These horses seem to have emotion.  They appear forceful yet graceful.  I could just sit and look at them for hours.  Beautiful.  Entertaining.  Why is water so mesmerizing?  The same with watching the flames of a fire.  They just draw you in!  The next three images may look the same, but the difference is in the water behind the horse.  Subtle yet different captures of the water flowing on and around the horses.

Fountain at Renaissance at Colony Park


In the image above, the horse looks powerful.  In the one below, it appears soft and gentle.  This is a great example of how the framing of a shot can provoke a particular emotion from a photograph.


This is one of my favorite photos.  It looks as if the horse is charging right at you, running with all his might.  And the water seems to add a sense of speed and force to the image, too.


And then as I was walking back toward the car, I spotted these pretty flowers and just couldn’t pass up such a pretty photo op.  These colors together just make for an eye-pleasing image.


I love purples and greens together, and this flower bed was nothing but purples and greens!  Click.


Whenever I shop at Renaissance, as I pass the hand-crafted fountain, I always roll my window down and enjoy the refreshing sound those 14,000 gallons make as they spill over and down upon the chiseled horses.  I am reminded of God’s gift of craftsmanship to mankind.  And of His refreshing the earth with water.  And for that very fleeting moment, I feel refreshed, too, and am thankful for His many blessings; the great ones as well as the simple.  As you hustle and bustle through your day, don’t miss the gift of beauty that surrounds you!

Special thanks to Jeff for always being willing and happy to stop the car for an impromptu photo session of whatever!

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Beautiful days call for a road trip with a camera.  And just look what I found!  Lily pads.  Everywhere.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many in one body of water before today.  And I was able to get up close to a lot of them.  They were so pretty floating in the water and bobbing up and down with the waves as boats cruised past.


I was amazed at all the differing colors of green.  I don’t know much about lily pads, but I’m assuming that was due to differing stages of life of the lily pads.


It was a very windy day and the edges of the lily pads would get flipped up frequently.  It almost looked as if they were waving at us.


As I was taking this photo, a wave tossed a puddle of water onto this lily pad.


The flowers are the softest shades of white, cream, yellow and green.  Being from the South, they remind me of little magnolias.  I wonder what they smell like?  Lily pads are so pretty and fascinating, I wonder if their flowers have an equally delightful smell?  Maybe next time I’ll get close enough to find that answer!


I took this shot just because I thought it would make for a pretty image.  I like the way it turned out.


And red-winged black birds were everywhere.  Well, that’s what I call them!!  Not sure the exact name.  But they are black birds with patches of red on their wings.  What I learned about them is that they are very fussy.  They were so noisy!  They did not like us at the water’s edge, so they flew above us just a fussin’ at us.  Finally this one landed and I could take his picture.  I love the way the lily pads off in the distance look in this photo – like little green and yellow polka dots.


Besides the color variations, I was also amazed at the sheer size of some of the lily pads!!


I love when I upload photos and then find a surprise in it that I didn’t know was there.  Do you see the surprise in this one?  There’s a dragon fly in there somewhere.  Not gonna tell where!


I’ve never seen a lily pad seed pod, but I’m assuming that’s what this is.  Anyone know?  It looks like it’s been all tied up with a bow.


I love the way the water puddles up and rolls around on the top of the lily pad, much like mercury would do!  I remember when I was a child that our thermometer accidentally fell on the floor and busted open.  Little puddles of mercury danced all over the floor.  It was great fun to watch and we could make one little puddle scoot over and join up with the next little puddle to form one bigger puddle!  Mom wasn’t too happy about the situation, but it really was great entertainment for me and my brother!


Another waving lily pad.  And look, their undersides are pretty, too!


If you didn’t find the dragonfly in the previous photo, perhaps you can find this one!  I love dragonflies and was tickled to discover this one just hanging out nearby, but it was a little too far off for my zoom lens.  Oh, well, I sat there and enjoyed that little beauty for a few minutes before calling it a day.


It is a blessed day, indeed, when I can enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and have fun taking pictures of it, too!  Now I need to go learn a little about lily pads so I can marvel at the  brilliant wisdom of the Creator God.  Next time you take a road trip, don’t forget to grab your camera!

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