It is time to get to Gibbs Gardens!

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It is time to get to Gibbs Gardens!
I have been seeing a few images and decided to make a drive down to Gibbs Gardens to see if the peak of the daffodils is happening. It is very close. I would say that any day between now and maybe the end of next week is going to be incredible. Today the temps should be in the mid to upper 70s, the flowers are at about 60%, so time to go. If you have never been, daffodils bloom at different times depending on the variety, some have finished, some are peaking (lots), some will be in the next days. If you want to avoid big crowds, go during the week and early or late. Be aware, you are not the only person at the gardens, if you are going to use a tripod, please get to the side of the paths, and whatever you do…DON’T crush the flowers trying to get a “better” shot. Let everyone enjoy the flowers, be patient, enjoy nature. Don’t forget to stop by the Arbor Cafe and have lunch, the Chicken Salad on Cranberry Walnut bread is the most popular, and is Mr. Gibbs favorite! All the bread is baked on location! I am partial to the Pimento Cheese on Jalapeno Cheddar bread.
I really enjoyed getting out there with the new Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens. There were some raindrops on some of the foliage so I decided to take advantage of it and do a few images with the drops sharp and the flower blossoms out of focus. In this image I like the two specular highlights balancing the stalk of the flower head. It gave me a little more balance in my composition by offsetting the weight of the composition placed in the foreground.
Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 Macro lens on a Canon 5Diii, Manual Exposure Mode, Spot Metering, f4, ISO 100, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second, Sirui W2204X waterproof carbon fiber tripod and K20X ballhead, Peak Design strap, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #withmytamron
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