Probing Beauty

– Posted in: Garden Musings, Garden Photography
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Garden photographers look to capture beauty with a camera.  Poets use words. My friend, the poet and occasional garden writer, Hazel White recently led a hike as part of her artist in residence program at the Headlands Center for the Arts where she seeks to “create a series of site-responsive sonnets, each of which is 14[...]

Frosted Camellias

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Even in California, frost causes problems.  And when it comes in early December it causes big problems. Almost every gardener I know here in the Northern part of the state pushes the limits of their garden.  It’s California ! – it is our birthright to grow tropicals and tender succulents, plants that are barely hardy[...]

Rake at Rest

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What is work in the garden ?  For a garden photographer in his own garden, work shifts as the garden speaks. There are times when the garden cries out for care, and the work is sweaty, grimy, intensely physical.  Then there are times when the garden sings and the work is quiet, aesthetically sensual, even[...]

Accents !

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For a garden photographer there is nothing quite like a landscape architect who knows how to use plants.  Gary Ratway not only knows plants as well as any horticulturist I have met, he designs landscapes to show them off. His own garden in Mendocino, California is a showcase for garden design as landscape architecture, a[...]

Seasonal Bouquet

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I just saw my first Narcissus blooming !  So I put together a seasonal bouquet yesterday in my home office for a client meeting, in hopes that some flowers might distract from the piles of books, files, and clutter all over every surface. I dashed out to cut a few of these first daffodils, which[...]