The Gate and the Camellias

Places that have “off-limits” areas always intrigue me.  Old museum homes that have a top floor where no one but employees can venture, and other such “hands off” spots make me wonder even more what’s behind the locks.

There is one such out-of-doors spot at Bellingrath Home and Gardens. While my beau and I were taking our walk on the main path, I glanced to my left and saw a short path blocked by a large black iron gate.

“The Gate” Bellingrath Home and Gardens, Theodore, Alabama ©2016 Susan Marie Molloy Original Photograph
“The Gate” Bellingrath Home and Gardens, Theodore, Alabama ©2016 Susan Marie Molloy Original Photograph

It’s a simple gate, one that I would like in our garden at home—if we needed one, that is. This gate at Bellingrath is tall and stately, and again, it’s simple. It helps to showcase the evergreens guarding it, particularly the large red blooming camellia.

There was little I could see beyond the gate, except for a walkway and more landscape.

“The Gate, Up Close” Bellingrath Home and Gardens, Theodore, Alabama ©2016 Susan Marie Molloy Original Photograph
“The Gate, Up Close” Bellingrath Home and Gardens, Theodore, Alabama ©2016 Susan Marie Molloy Original Photograph

Walking further down our “allowed” walkway, I found another large camellia. This one had white flowers, a color I don’t see too often. It was a surprise and a delight to see its pure whiteness against the deep green foliage.

“White Camellias” Bellingrath Home and Gardens, Theodore, Alabama ©2016 Susan Marie Molloy Original Photograph
“White Camellias” Bellingrath Home and Gardens, Theodore, Alabama ©2016 Susan Marie Molloy Original Photograph

Later, I thought it to be a little silly that I wondered about what was behind the black iron gate. Silly, because looking around, everything – everything – was available to gaze upon, to touch, to smell. I tossed aside my curiosity with the gate, and instead focused on the magnificence of the gardens. After all, it is just a gate, placed near red camellias to help enhance a pretty photograph.

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