Monday, June 21, 2010

Light and shadow

Late Sunday afternoon, the day before the longest day of the year, the play of changing light and shadow makes photography difficult. But it's a glorious time to be in the garden.


  1. It is the perfect light for bloom close ups, though (I feel). Your stone walls have always seemed the right height to me, too, that curve in the path is a nice touch. Of course, if I had any stone it'd float away--we've had 7" of rain in the last week and I'm staking 5' plants left and right which are swaying in the breeze, and carving out holes in the ground where their stalks meet the soil.

  2. I admit I'm very lucky to have all this stone on the land. When I was growing up as a boy in Mississippi, where the rivers are always muddy, and where we had absolutely no stone, I often fantasized about stones, dreamed about living in a landscape with stone. As to rain, we could use some of yours; after an almost perfect early spring, we've entered a month of almost no rain. That curve in the path is actually one path intersecting another. Only last weekend, looking at it through the camera, did I realize it appears to be a curved path around the raised stone bed. The camera lies, but it sometimes shows things in a new light.

  3. I love the play of light and shade in the landscape, nice photos

  4. If only I were a better photographer, and had better lenses.

  5. I love your many vistas with varying plant textures. Who needs colors other than green in the garden? (I'll admit, though, that the first photo, with the dark-leave plant mixed into the shade, shows the even richer possibilities by enhancing the contrast.) Beautiful!

  6. James,
    I could easily live with only foliage in my garden. The dark plant in the photo is a cutleaf Japanese maple. I recently got a rather rare purple/brown mimosa (Albizia julibrissin 'Chocolate'). Still deciding where to put it. I'll post a photo.



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