Mystery and Majesty
Little did I know when I pulled out of the driveway one recent morning that I’d soon run smack-dab into mystery and majesty.
I was driving along Yadkinville Road, intent on checking out possible photo opportunities at a nearby farm, when I glanced toward one of the private drives in the Sattsgate development. There, I saw a lady tending a large, beautiful patch of yellow daylilies. I thought, “Wow! I’ve never noticed those beauties before! I’m turning around to check them out.”
When I got out of my truck, I introduced myself to Mrs. Barbara Brooks, a retired nurse. Our conversation went on for at least an hour, as Barbara graciously showed me around the floral paradise that surrounds the home where she lives with her husband, Dr. Joe Brooks, a retired N.C. State horticulturist. (You should also know that Dr. Brooks proudly drives a bright red — really clean — pickup truck with an NCSU plate on the front!)
To enjoy MORE PHOTOS of NATURE’S WONDERS at the home of Dr. Joe and Barbara Brooks, please continue to the NEXT SECTION.
Soon enough Barbara kindly granted permission for me to photograph the flowers throughout the yard. I started with the yellow daylilies. After all, at this time of the year, the bright yellow hue of the lilies is gloriously emblazoned across the front edge of the Brookses’ yard.
With my senses in overload, I began photographing the beautiful daylilies, mixing up my shots using wide angle, close-up and long lenses. The visual opportunities were limitless!
I not only had the immense joy of photographing the Brookses’ flowers, but I also closely observed and photographed some of the insects that were visiting the flowers. As I focused closely on such creatures as the moth, the bee and the butterfly, I was fascinated by some exquisite details:
- The well-placed markings and shades of color creating a balanced design.
- The beady eyes of the moth.
- The appendages of the bee and the moth that perform tasks with dexterity and precision.
- The shimmering metallic blue color of the butterfly’s wings and body.
- The soft-looking, attractive “fur” on the bee’s body.
The Marvel of Pollination
Without insects, butterflies, moths, flies, birds and other such animals — also known as pollinators — the pollination of the world’s flowers would suffer. Many flowers would not reproduce, and we would, sadly, not have so many beautiful flowers to enjoy.
Even more astounding, were it not for these unassuming creatures, 80% of the world’s food-yielding flowering plants would not be pollinated, drastically affecting the food on our tables.
Now, that’s a pretty amazing responsibility. Of course, these unsung heroes have no idea how very important they are. They’re simply doing what comes natural — instinctively following a divine blueprint that is both mysterious and majestic.
Visit the Photo Gallery
Now that you’ve seen a few of the daylily photos, please take a look at the other flower and insect photos in the Dr. Joe and Barbara Brooks flower photo gallery.
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