New Perspectives At Gibbs Gardens

Having visited Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground GA a few times, I was looking for different scenes. We arrived around 11 am and thankfully there were some clouds in the sky to soften the bright sun with a warm mid 80 degrees Fahrenheit forecast. Just outside the visitor center we took a short ride on the tram up to Manor house, which is the owner’s private residence. Being a gadget geek, I saw the gentleman sitting next to me on the tram had a new phone and he confirmed it was a Samsung Galaxy S8, which he recently received and was trying out the camera. That infinity screen looks amazing in person !

After a brief look at the popular front terrace vista, I remembered the task of looking for new perspectives-onward ! Just past the entry on the back of the house is a park bench with an architectural brick wall creating a secondary frame. Using Topaz Studio beta, texture and color were added around the bench.

Relaxation station

After meandering around the house I started exploring the terraced walk back to the visitor’s center. To my surprise I discovered a Koi pond. As I was looking like a tool with my camera around my neck, camera bag around shoulder & tripod in-hand, I went for a low tripod shot with the Rockinon 14 mm. This is an amazing and versatile glass and I decided to try it out to get as much of the pond in frame. Well that was the intent, but I ended up cropping half of the pond out in the end so you could see those cool Koi !


Back in the main garden area I saw some leaves reaching for the sky. Influenced by Scott Norris, I was practicing my appreciation for minimalism and removing distractions to give me this relaxing scene.

Reach for it

I haven’t done a composite for a while and the Lilly pods where some of the main attractions at the garden this day. So keeping with my theme of looking for different perspectives, I added a Lilly pod to another photo for more mystery.

The offering

Before you reach the Japanese Gardens, there is a walkway with some benches on both sides. I was inspired by Japanese tapestries here.

Contemplation avenue

Just before our group left, I saw some flower beds over in the distance so I decided to take a look. I had an idea for a moodygram ! Turned into representing flowers that were preserved in rock, or fossils; just like the mosquito in Jurassic Park 🙂


Jamie Peters

Surreal, abstract, bold and minimal are themes that continue to evoke that curious spark of discovering what is possible. Through twists and turns, the image and my imagination are the guide through this art in progress.

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