Thursday, December 10, 2009

Brookgreen in December

Cat-astrophe, by Mary Russell. Part of the current gallery show in Brookgreen.
(I took the photo a little off-center to avoid spotlight glare.)

The other three seasons are a riot of color at Brookgreen Gardens, but winter there has a subtle beauty. In December, Brookgreen is ... green. Mostly.

A few weeks of sporadic cold nights make the water in the pools very clear, and on a still day, you get nifty reflections.

The color that you do see can be eye-catching.

This is camellia season:

Blackeyed Susans. A few flowers ares still blooming, though not in the massive banks of summer.

Even a bee finds some buds to work on
(You'll really need to enlarge this one, but he's there, near the center) :

The gardens are closed most evenings of the year unless there's an event going on, but every weekend in December they have the Nights of a Thousand Candles. Visit in the daytime and you see those square white candle-holders lining the walkways, plus strings of lights, and, in the Palmetto Garden (where it looks like the event is centered) lanterns are strung all through it.

The weather was damp and cold on Tuesday when we were there, so we headed to the indoor galleries when our bare hands got cold holding the cameras.

The current show is of seasonal themes. I love this sculpture. It's called Purity, by Georgia artist Nnamdi Okonkwo, born in Nigeria:

One gallery had the paintings and sculptures. The other, seasonal decorations. These might have titles and probably have artist names, but I forgot to get the info!

This hanging is woven entirely of long-leaf pine needles and decorated with little birds made out of feathers:

I hardly ever dislike a decision that the Brookgreen Powers That Be make, but I'm not fond of this one : they've gathered up the permanent, outdoor sculptures whose subjects pertain to this time of year, removed them from their pretty settings out in the gardens, and stuck them in the gallery.

This one (The Offering, by Marjorie Daingerfield) is so, so much prettier in its usual, ideal place outside, under its stone arch and among the leaves. Here, it's just sitting in a room. Bummer! but fortunately, I have my ten-year-old photo, which shows it to better effect.

Weather has been weird. The next day, yesterday, was hot, muggy, short-sleeves weather, but the chill cut our trip a little short on Tuesday.

Though we did have to stop and wait for a wild turkey crossing.


Catherine said...

How beautiful! Thanks for sharing the photographs. That's a place I'd like to visit someday.

ronnie said...

These are beautiful! It always amazes me that your home can still be so green and alive long after my own landscape has become white and barren.

Thank you for sharing. I needed a little green today.

Sherwood Harrington said...

What a wonderful stack of photos, Ruth! As you know, they trigger fond memories, and it looks like Brookgreen has improved, if anything, in the four decades since I was last there.

And, ronniecat, believe it or not, some of *our* landscape here in Northern California was white (but not barren) for the last two days -- we had one of our occasional freak snow-shower periods.

Ronnie said...

It is good to see Brookgreen again. It's been several years and I never got there before Jan. first but it was always a first excursion from Garden City...and then again and again until I had to go back north.

Dann said...

Great post, Ruth!

One trick that I have learned when taking photos is to change the camera resolution down a notch or two and then snap a photo...or two...of the name tag that is inevitably nearby.

That way I have a record of the art as well as the name of the piece and the artist.

Why no! I haven't posted any art photos lately. Why do you ask?


P.S. I'm assuming that you are working with a digital camera and the extra pics don't cost anything.

Sherwood Harrington said...

Exactly what I do, Dann, except for the changing resolution part.