Category Archives: Flora

Art in the Garden

Japanese White Pine

As I walk around our garden, little pieces of art show themselves to me. Most of the time, I am just wandering when they appear. Something makes me stop and look closer. I imagine how I can best treat the gift appropriately. Sometimes they need to be accurately represented with fine detail. Other times they can be converted into an abstract blur. Still other times they are best processed by photoshop manipulation. This time I used a touch of Photoshop and Topaz Degas adjustments to achieve the end results.

I love to walk in our garden and enjoy all the little gifts that are given to me!

Another Beautiful Day

Japanese Maple & Rhody
Heather Heights Garden

A walk in garden always prepares me for a beautiful day ahead. My eyes wander all about me. They jump from directly in front of me to the hills and valleys surrounding our garden. Then something clicks and draws me closer. I see a little treasure. I love the morning, afternoon, evening, or whenever I am walking in the garden.

End of the Path

Heather Heights Orchard Overlook

The path through the orchard led up to a little bluff that overlooks the valley below.  I am at the end of my “photo stroll” and feel rewarded with the peaceful view below.  I catch my breath and start the walk back through the orchard.  I look forward to seeing new images as they present themselves to me.

Contrast

“Tired Branch”

This tired dead branch looked out of place against the bright colors of the autumn leaves.  Besides the obvious contrast of the dull brown against the brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds, the branch was also a contest of the dead leaves still hanging and the leaves that had just fallen on the ground. Soon they too will turn to the same brown as the leaves hanging above.  We cannot evade the circle of life.

A Walk in the Orchard

Neighbor’s Cherry Orchard

There is an old cherry orchard just up the road from our house.  In fall, the leaves turn shades of yellow and orange.  The grasses turn to a golden straw color.  Birds are everywhere fluttering about.  A hawk frequently perches on an overhead orchard fan.  It is a nice place to walk and explore during all seasons of the year.  

Sections of the orchard are being removed each year to make room for new young trees.  I do not know how much longer the old stand of trees will remain.  So until then, I will explore as often as I can.  I will present images of a walk I took about a month ago in my next few posts.

“Energy”

“Pure Energy”

How can I make a simple branch covered with frost pop out from its surrounding???  Just move around to position something interesting behind it.   I found a faded clump of Japanese Forest Grass for a background.  Using a shallow depth of field caused the grass to look like a radiating energy force field. I could feel the energy emerge as I recorded the image.

When You See Red … Shoot, Even on a Cold Day

“Don’t Pass Me By”

Brilliant beauty is everywhere.  This single red maple leaf, edges covered with hoarfrost, made me stop in my tracks.  It was just hanging there waiting for me to discover.  Just a few ice crystals held it captured on the branch.  After taking several photos, I turned around to look for other treasures.  I glanced back, the red was not there.  The leaf had fallen to the ground.

Lesson Learned:  Never pass up a gift!

Winter is Approaching

Hoarfrost

The leaves have fallen.  A few stragglers remain.  Hoarfrost on the remaining vegetation is a  mild reminder that winter is on its way.  Walking around our yard in the midst of beautiful branches and leaves covered with ice crystals was like walking through a wonderland.  It was a gift from above.