Among bearded giants
Posted on 23 Jun ’13 by Earl
Brookgreen Gardens is one of the larger and best maintained gardens of this sort I’ve had the pleasure to visit.
We’d made a previous visit in fall season but this spring visit displayed the gardens strengths and beauty much better.
For me, one of the more impressive parts of the garden are the “bearded giants” – majestic oaks, covered by ivy and spanish moss. There’s also certainly abundant flowers, water elements, world-renowned sculpture and appropriate poetic quotes in tablet form for those seeking to recharge both soul and spirit.
There’s a historical side to the gardens. It’s borders include several old rice plantations – the overgrown rice fields are still visible. Of couse, with almost any historic plantation in the American south, there are sad stories of slavery. Worth a visit, if this is your “cup of tea.”
During our visit, it was a bright thinly clouded day…making for a wide dynamic range — from the bright featureless whites of the sky to the dark shadows found under the trees. According to Lightroom’s histogram none of the whites on these images are “blown out” even if my eye keeps telling me different.