There comes a time when the writer hits a wall. Some call it writer’s block. I don’t consider myself a writer really, or certainly not a photographer. I am a gardener first and foremost, with a digital camera, a computer and just enough technical knowledge to blog. Luckily, none of those things requires mastery, anyone can do it if they so desire and have the time.
There are no deadlines for the blog other than those self imposed. The subject matter is also totally up to our discretion, but we like to keep it garden related. It always begins with a skip, hop and jump about the garden here or on road trips to other gardens, inspired by the images captured on pixels. A bubble full of ideas will pop inside the cerebral cortex while gazing at the shots loaded onto the laptop. Usually.
Creativity is an unpredictable thing, misunderstood and never fully comprehended. I believe that to be a good thing, adding to the mystery. It is the allure of the unknown, that which cannot be reduced to formulas, numerical progressions, it cannot be programmed to be duplicated by artificial intelligence.
Informed, artful pruning can only take you so far, the results vary with the whims of nature. Where the branches decide to sprout, and in which direction, the coloration of the leaves and how many there will be are all out of human control. The pathways in our minds are similarly unrestrained, even with years of study of the craft. Or none.
The words flow from fingertips without forethought, reason or theme. Photos are admired for their simplicity, whether they pertain to the words of the captions or not. They have their own story to tell, unique to each individual who gazes upon them. It is good.
1. Mockingbird on the power line taken from over 100 feet away using the zoom. I love his quizzical head tilting.
2. A female Eastern box turtle under the purple peach tree, peeking from behind the lily stalks.
3. The Gravel Garden on color accent camera mode, the chosen color was orange. Artemisia schmidtiana and Dianthus featured.
4. Volunteer Ipomoea quamoclit, Cypress Vine.
5. Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Garnet’.
6. Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Crimson Queen’.
7. Various potted Coleus with A. ‘Crimson Queen’ in background.