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Spring Comes Early at Miller House

Typically at this time of year, I am planning April and May photography dates for our historic grounds and gardens, 100 Acres Art and Nature Park, and the Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Indiana.

The absence of any substantial winter weather in the state, combined with spring temperatures ten to twelve degrees higher for the month of March, has produced an accelerated blooming and photography season.

The transition to daylight savings time on the 11th, in conjunction with the vernal equinox on the 20th, and summer like heat of the past two weeks, has created a perfect storm of urgency for photographers.

The most pressing concern was the quick budding and blooming of our lovely magnolias on the east and south locations of the Miller House. A missed blooming season, albeit a short one, means waiting another year to capture these lovelies at their peak and the threat of a cold front or good spring rainstorm made my decision an easy one. April be damned, I’m all in.

Timing, patience, and good light are everything in photography, and my early morning visit to Columbus this week provided another uniquely pleasant experience to photograph a visually diverse residence, inside and out.

Each visit is more compelling and interesting than the previous and I can’t help but imagine how wonderful it must have been to live and flourish as children in these spaces.

These images of the magnolia blooms were captured on the first day of Spring. The Miller House and Garden is now open for tours, so get down there and experience this all-too-fleeting moment for yourself.


Filed under: Art and Nature Park, Miller House, Photography

5 Responses to “Spring Comes Early at Miller House”

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    Megan Says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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    Bonnie Cate Says:

    Lovely shots, Tad! Glad you were able to capture them while they were still in bloom. I miss them already!

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    Tad Says:

    Thank you Megan and Bonnie. After a few days of should I stay or should I go, it’s great to have the eyes of colleagues to help time the decision.
    I’ll just bet the North side is looking good enough to make another trip…hint, hint.

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    Mark Zelonis Says:

    Thanks, Tad, for capturing these special trees at this moment. More than any other trees on the property, the magnolias, with their pinkness complementing the gray slate panels, truly make the scene. You’re very welcome down there at any time.

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    J Zelonis in NH Says:

    We haven’t been to the Miller house yet but I do love the pictures of the bed of blossoms under the trees- exactly matching the shape of the tree above.

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