Last week I spent some time at Noerenberg Gardens overlooking Lake Minnetonka in Orono, MN. While I went there with a specific photograph in mind I also took time to walk around to make other photographs of things that interested me while I was there.
It’s a practice of mine to look for beauty wherever I am. Sometimes as fall and winter create a more monochrome palette I find subjects that feel very zen to me.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt
Last week most of the trees were bare and very few flowers remained but a few hardy ones still bloomed among the fallen leaves and I also found a few interesting leaves, pine cones and seed pods. Water fowl swam in the lake just beneath the gardens and I found watching the ripples they created fascinating from my high viewpoint.
Combined with the few stick-like weeds that poked out of the water, the lake scenes reminded me of Japanese art, very stark and simple. I was so fascinated with the ripples created by three mallards swimming near me that I made a series of photographs of them as they moved through the water.
Here are my lake scene photographs.
May you walk in beauty.