Thursday, August 25, 2011

English Gardens

Once again I am taking you back to the English Gardens.This place is almost 2 hours away from where I live,but the drive is so worth it.
Every time I visit this garden I am pleased with what I see.

On August 14,I took my cameras and headed off to Winnipeg and the English Gardens.
It was my lucky day,as you will see in a moment.
As I walked around,I saw this female Mallard,posing for me among the water lilies.

Of course the floral displays are wonderful and I keep on shooting,to capture their beauty.

This time my eyes were drawn to the pinks and purples,but one can see every colour of the rainbow on display.


I had gone,hoping to capture some Hummingbirds,which didn't
happen,but I found this little fella.
A Clearwing Moth.I had not seen one of these in over 20 years,so this was a thrill.


I was thrilled and captured many images.
This is such a unique creature,and he gave me great photo opportunities.

I left the gardens without the desired Hummingbird pictures,but didn't even miss them.I got the Clearwing Moth instead and that was perfect in my mind.
The Hummingbirds will be there another time.

Sometimes we think we know,what it is we are looking for,but instead God gives us something different,which gives a much greater joy than what we had wanted.
I know that seeing this Moth does not compare with the details of life,but I see a lesson in my experience on that day.
Let God decide what is best for me on any given day and I will end up being content and rejoicing.

45 comments:

  1. absolutely beautiful. and thanks for the thought of the day...

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  2. breath taking photos, each and every one. the mallard and flowers is fantastic and the clear wing moth oh so beautiful. have never seen one and would love to. stunning shots Ruth

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  3. Nothing like an English garden.

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  4. Really nice photos today. I love water lilies.

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  5. Ruth, wonderful photos! That is such a wonderful place to go! It's been a long time since I was there.
    The moth was definitely a great capture!

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  6. Big lesson really. We just need to let God guide us but I forget so much. Thanks for reminding me. The gardens must be just beautiful. What a gorgeous and unusual moth. Diane

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  7. Ruth, I have never seen a moth like this in my life! Maybe there are none around here. The clear parts of the wings, then the colors, wow!!! I am so excited just looking at it, I can only imagine how excited you must have been!

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  8. The English Garden sounds and looks absolutely beautiful. We enjoy visiting Biltmore Gardens (about four hours from us) as often as we can, so I understand why you are drawn to this beautiful place. The pictures of the Clearwing Moth are fabulous -- I've never seen one before.

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  9. So very pretty. That first one is just fantastic. :)

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  10. I have never seen a Clearwing moth before--amazing! The longer I live the more I see of God's amazing handiwork.

    "For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." (Romans 1:20)

    It is wonderful when instead of giving us what we want, God gives us something even better than what we wanted.

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  11. Ruth, Beautiful photos ! I've never even heard of a clearwinged moth, but it is quite an interesting insect. Lovely analogy with the moth and hummingbird. A treat to come by your blog!! Mickie:)

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  12. Ruth, I love the composition in that first image of the mallard among the water lilies. What a beautiful photo that made. You need to enlarge that one for a wall hanging. :)

    The clear wing moth is just amazing. I've never heard of or seen one of these, and you captured some amazing images of this one. Your spiritual application was so true, too.

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  13. Gorgeous pinks and purples! Your shots of the moth are amazing.

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  14. "Sometimes we think we know,what it is we are looking for,but instead God gives us something different,which gives a much greater joy than what we had wanted."
    God is good. Always. Such beauty in nature and thought abounds and flows through you Ruth. thank you for sharing it with the world.

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  15. this is wonderful ruth. it reminds me of something i read every single day "welcome to holland"!! it's been adapted many different ways and my interpretation is my life, living with multiple sclerosis:
    http://printable.tipjunkie.com/welcome-to-holland/

    your pictures are gorgeous, with a powerful message!!!

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  16. Great capture on that moth ... they aren't easy to freeze in motion like that.

    Glad you had a great day in the gardens ... a time of refreshing, a little adventure ... one needs that!

    Great things He hath in store for us yet ... both here and in the hereafter!

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  17. stunning photos...love the duck one the best....

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  18. You see such beauty to share with us. How fun that that little duck posed for you.

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  19. Ruth, those are absolutely gorgeous.

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  20. That Clearwing Moth is worth more than the Humminbird. I have never seen one. Most of the moth I have seen are boring brown ones.

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  21. Your pictures and your words brought joy to my heart. The moth and duck were clearly posing just for you!

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  22. Hi Ruth, Fabulous photos from the English Gardens. I loved seeing the mallard among the lily pads. How special is that...

    And that Clearwing Moth is gorgeous....

    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  23. Smart Mallard - saw you coming and decided to pose. All your photos are excellent! Wow, such beauties! Have never ever seen a moth like that one you captured so well! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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  24. WOW!! Ruth your pictures are breathtaking!!

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  25. Gorgeous photos and a lovely post. That Clearwing Moth is just so pretty.

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  26. That moth is incredible! Thanks for sharing.

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  27. Oh, Ruth, your photos are so very beautiful. The one of the Mallard is exquisite--you couldn't have posed her any better for the perfect shot. The lesson you took from your day is so very true. We don't always know what is best for us.

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  28. What an adorable moth the Clearwing is. Beautiful flowers and your new header as well.

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  29. Oh my goodness, that clearwinged moth is beautiful. Wonderful pictures, Ruth!

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  30. Ruth, The Mallard amid the waterlily flower is stunning!
    Let Go and Let God is what I "try" to practice everyday. This really does work.

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  31. I love that first duck photo. So serene and peaceful and cool looking. Great captures of the hummingbird moth! They move so fast and I never can get the wings like you did. Of course, I do everything on autofocus.

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  32. Today I have come across your wonderful blog of pictures and descriptions of them and your life. The photos are breath taking and you do a fabulous job. I am in the market for a new camera and wonder what you are using? I will be back to see your pictures again and again. Thank you so much for showing them to us.

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  33. Stunning photos Ruth. Love the contrast of the colours with the soft green, and your framing. And what a beautiful lesson you've drawn from your experience !

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  34. Can't go wrong when we let God lead.
    The beautiful pictures of lavender melt my heart...One of my favorite colors...
    Have a Blessed Sunday....
    shug

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  35. simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

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  36. What a beautiful place and some gorgeous shots Ruth. Loved the little mallard hen. Have a blessed Sunday! Hugs!

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  37. Hi Ruth,
    My girlfriend DeDee has been widowed for almost 3 years and she still has really bad days now and then. So it never goes away.
    Kay

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  38. Wow, Ruth. I've never seen a moth like that. It's beautiful. I love all the colors. Have a good week.

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  39. Well, I'm jealous of your beautiful photos of the clearwing hummingbird moth. Last time I saw one (a few weeks ago) the light was far to bright and my photos did not turn out as well as I'd hoped. Yours are fantastic!

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  40. Beautiful.
    and your comment at the end is so true.

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  41. I have never seen a clear wing moth! HOW beautiful!.
    Thank you for taking us along your visit, beautiful photography.

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  42. Beautiful!!! Everytime I come here...that beautiful header just takes my breath away!!! Have a beautiful day!!!

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  43. These are beautiful, Ruth. What a treat to see and photograph that lovely moth. I've never seen one. And I just love the image of the mallard and water lilies.

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