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Connecting With Nature

Connecting with nature is something that most gardeners do naturally – at least while working in our gardens.

But how many of us take the time – on a daily basis- to have an interlude with nature in the world outside of our backyards?

I know that I can be as guilty as the next person of rushing through my day. Not stopping to notice the tree on the street ~ with its peeling bark or exposed root system tightly curling around the bottom of its trunk.

connecting with nature

Pacific Ocean – Carmel, California

What if you paused once a day to marvel at nature?

To breathe it into your soul?

To stand quietly and say ‘thank you’?

Do you think it would make a difference in how you feel?

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Carmel – A City Overflowing With Flowers

A Flower Filled Church Garden

The Church of The Wayfarer Garden

When friends heard that I was visiting Carmel for the first time, they couldn’t say enough about what a lovely, artistic town it is. What they forgot to tell me is that it is a city overflowing with flowers.

City Overflowing With Flowers

Containers Filled with Flowers

As I wandered the streets ~ in front of and next to shops, as focal points in walkways, and just about everywhere else ~ flowers and colorful plants abound. They’re used in containers, raised beds, window boxes, and draping on walls.

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Spring unfolding – Focus Point

It’s wildflower season !  Grab you camera (and tripod), some sturdy shoes, sunblock , a bottle of water, and go study what is unfolding in nature.  The miracles become all the more fantastic by examining the wonder in the details.

A macro lens is essential for studying nature close up.  It will allow close focusing so you can fill your frame with the flower, leaf, or bug; and with a dedicated macro lens, as opposed to a point and shoot with macro capability, you can get some very special photos. Continue Reading →

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Hard Light – Back Light

There was a time when I would never shoot in harsh, hard light.  Bright, strong, contrasty light tends to have deep, black shadows and no color subtlety.  As a garden photographer, when the sun came into the garden I would retreat to the shadows where the light was soft.

But I am also a California garden photographer and the sun is an important element of many a garden’s story.  People expect to see sunny California gardens, and when a photo can manage to show some bright sun somewhere in the picture, the scene will glow. Continue Reading →

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Citrus Specialties

'Michal' mandarin citrus fruit

I recognize that this post is not really about gardening.  I also realize that you readers who are holed up in cold climates may have no  patience with California garden columns.  Citrus, succulents, daffodils in December, year ’round lettuces.  Well, so be it; this is California winter.  This is what I see.

Today I see citrus.  Not your backyard ordinary (for California) navel or Valencia orange, but the kind that are grown for the increasingly specialty markets.  The citrus I saw at the University of California’s Lincove Research Station are for farmers. There is no doubt some of these research specimens will end up sold by nurseries to discerning homeowners, but Lindcove exists to help California farmers. Continue Reading →

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