flowersgaylord I love traveling, and while I enjoy visiting new locations, there’s something special about visiting the same place multiple times.  There’s a sense of comfort seeing the same place, and if you really try, you’ll find something new to appreciate each and every time.

Last weekend, I visited the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, in Nashville, Tennessee, for the third year in a row for the annual Blissdom Conference.  Anyone who has been to any of the four Gaylord Hotels knows that you could spend a month in one and still not see everything, so this year, I decided to really focus on finding some of the details I didn’t see the first two years.  I arrived with a full day of free time before the conference started, so I had plenty of time to explore.

fountainThe Gaylord Opryland offers 9 acres of lush indoor gardens in several different atriums located throughout the resort.  The gardens are tended by 40 full-time horticulturists, so you can only imagine how lovely they are.  In the past, I’ve had to just run past the gardens as I went from session to session, but I had a chance this year to participate in a photowalk of the hotel and photograph the gardens.  These beautiful daisies were located in the Delta section, and they added such a beautiful pop of color I couldn’t resist photographing them. 

Another thing you’ll find at the Gaylord Opryland is water features – there are so many beautiful fountains and waterfalls located throughout the hotel.  I enjoyed photographing the gorgeous details on each of them – like the unique color on this one. 

Even if you aren’t staying at a hotel like the Gaylord Opryland, you can still find some fun, unique things to photograph.  I’ve taken pictures of beautiful flower bouquets in the front lobby of the Montage Beverly Hills, a gingerbread house at the Holiday Inn Lake George, and unique bed and breakfast signs in Nantucket.