Cold Artistry Or Here Comes The Sun
Having some moisture to form ice crystals is a condition that our drought ravaged landscape sees only occasionally. The woman wrapped like a mummy in swaddling dashes out the door at first light to calculate when that warming light will rest upon the frozen garden.Pockets of protection can escape the frost, like this hip triptych of Rosa ‘Veilchenblau’ hiding behind the shed and backed by a row of twenty foot tall hemlocks.The temptation is great to use the many macro shots we have been having fun with after reading the owner’s manual, but the long view can be gratifying as well. The shriveled fruit of the Black Pearl pepper is a study in light and shadow worthy of a Renaissance chiaroscuro as the rising sun illuminates the ice encrusted skin. The peppers of this vegetable emerge purple/black and ripen to scarlet.Our ever faithful muhly grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris, is in the process of tranforming to the faded chintz stage. Only slightly pinkish if we squint and use our imagination to remember the cotton candy look sported a few weeks ago, the contribution to the garden now is limited to the movement all the grasses offer when the wind blows.Not a mirror but rather a salvaged window from the house next door that was purchased to knock down and build the garage on the site nevertheless is reflecting the view out over the house. A mirrored medicine cabinet from the same house is duplicating that view in the lower left pane from the opposite wall inside the shed.A favorite of butterflies, Verbena bonariensis wears no blooms now but is handsome standing straight and tall. The still blooming yellow button mums dot the background grasses.Poufs of Artemisia versicolor ‘Seafoam’ remind us of a coral reef covered in hoarfrost.Our buddy Mister Cardinal, nickname of Fluffy, is cackling in complaint about who knows what as he sits in the butterfly bush branches. The feeder is filled to the top with black oil sunflower seeds, so why is your beak flapping? Don’t you see that….…the sun is rising?