The winner of the Gardening Gone Wild August Picture This contest has been announced. To read about the contest and photographer David Perry’s announcement of the gold winner, East Side Patch’s Cattail Sparklers. Typha latifolia”, along with several other images to which he was drawn, click here.
(Shown above are a couple of visitors to the wildling thistle, in honor of our late winter bee seen in our own entry.)
Many thanks to Gardening Gone Wild for putting on yet another fine way to bring the garden blogging community together and to Judge David for taking so much time to analyze each entry. I am thrilled to have won the Silver Medal, shown above. The entry image with the bee flying into the hellebore was taken earlier this year, February 27, 2009.
David’s kind words bring a smile of humble pride to this point and shoot photographer who gets lucky sometimes:
” My selection for SILVER WINNER goes to Frances at Faire Garden for a stunning and surreal belly shot of a Hellebore flower and a honey bee heading straight for it in mid-flight. A few years ago I was privileged to shoot an entire annual report for an agricultural bank themed on honey bees and their intelligent teamwork approach to survival in the world, which meant that I got paid to hang out with several beekeepers (a delightful lot), and that I spent a great deal of time on my hands and knees photographing bees and bee-pollenated agricultural crops in bloom. I know first-hand how challenging a really stunning bee shot can be to capture, and this is a stunning shot. It tells a story, or rather, sets up any number of possible stories, with an almost three-dimensional, ‘Oh my goodness!’ feel. It has all the requisite, attention-grabbing elements of motion and drama. And would you look at those beautifully backlit wings on that bee! This is most definitely a vision that you could never see from standing height, and I don’t mind admitting that I’ve imagined and wandered through this image again and again in my mind since seeing it for the first time.”
Thanks to all, and all are winners in the book of Fairegarden!