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The end of the private gardens…

The Schnormeier Gardens in Gambier, Ohio were a wonderful opportunity, thanks to my photography club,  to see something that I would probably never have gotten to experience otherwise.  As we leave the gardens here is one of the many statues on the grounds, the Little Mermaid, and a shot of the red bridge which is where this series began.

Have a Happy 4th of July for those of you living in the states or if you’re an expat celebrating elsewhere.


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The Chinese Cup Gardens

After leaving the streams we came upon this section of the gardens.  It is called the cup gardens because two cup shaped gardens are carved out of the hillside featuring large boulders and of course the myriad of trees and plants.  You can sit inside of the pavilion here but we didn’t.  In hindsight and especially after seeing the photo of the ornate ceiling inside taken by a fellow club member, I wish we had.

Wouldn’t you like to have this in your back yard!

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Back in the Stream Garden

This was one of the most tranquil spots in the gardens.  All you heard was the water running downhill over large rocks and you were surrounded by trees that formed a canopy over the stream.  I took this one shot standing in the middle of the stream on a flat rock that the water wasn’t running over.

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Continuing to climb up the hill to find the source of the water for the stream which eventually ends in the lake (didn’t find it, must be recycled water or such) we came to the Serenity Garden. It truly was as we sat on a bench there on a high plateau for awhile quietly and peacefully.  Around us were ponds, another tea house with a Japanese bridge and rare conifers such as this one with it’s black pinecones.  I tried my best to capture the essence of the cones but nothing could do it justice like being there.  In the sunlight the little clear bits of what I suppose might be sap sparkled like diamonds.  It was magical…

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Fast and Slow in the Stream Garden

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Teahouse Selfie in Front – Rhododendrons in Back

A selfie, the view from behind the teahouse and a busy rhododendron hopping bee.


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As an elephants eye?

More like corn that you see comes up to a photographers knee.  Slipping a barn photo in here to say HAVE A HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!  Hmmmmm that rhymed too 😉

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Private Gardens

Recently my photography group had the privilege of visiting this 75 acre property of gardens.  The owners have been building these since 1996 in the hills of central Ohio.  As stated, they are private and are only opened to the public for a minimum of one weekend a year.  We were fortunate to have the grounds all to ourselves this day because we were a big group and we scattered with cameras and tripods in hand throughout the grounds to capture all of the beauty that was ours to explore.

Here is just one image from the Schnormeier Gardens; more to come.


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