Nancy Merrill Photography has issued an interesting challenge for this week: The Street Where You Live. In that I am now living in a retirement community on the third floor, I have elected to share a photograph of a street scene in a community here in Charlotte that was inspired by a village in England. Chipping-Campden is a beautiful collection of homes right in the middle of south Charlotte and a joy to see.
Nancy Merrill’s challenge this week is “Unexpected Focus.” I understand that to mean, “I intended to take a photograph of a hosta, but my focus shifted to the little green tree frog taking a rest on a hosta leaf.”
A standard recommendation to create interesting photographs is to move the center of attention off center. It’s not just an oxymoron, but good advice. This week’s challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is to share a photo with OFF CENTER as its focus. As I looked through my files, I was surprised to find so few photos that met her criteria. That’s a good lesson for the future.
This country farmhouse in New York is my first example:
A second offering is a photo of one of my favorites azaleas: ‘Gwenda’. It has the unusual habit of creating an occasional splash of complementary color…on the same plant.
SOMETHING NEW is the challenge this week from Nancy Merrill.
I captured this photo of a new arrival to my garden…this tiny bunny…just a few inches long. I was not particularly happy to see yet another rabbit preparing to take advantage of the tasty treats I had planted. But, I guess one just has to focus on how cute this wee critter really is. I wish I had found one like this when my grandkids were little. They would have loved it.
At the end of January 2014, I started A Walk in the Garden. I hoped to share some observations about one of the loves of my life–gardening–and to attract attention to the two books I published over that period.
Photography of my garden and “Things I See around Town” also worked its way into the blog, and I’ve enjoyed responding to photo challenges from photographers around the world.
With almost 640 posts, A Walk in the Garden has reached readers in over 140 nations. I am blessed by a number of followers, many of whom have become “blogofriends,” whose blogs and comments have enriched my life. Some have even bought my books and made reassuring comments about them.
It has been fun to combine gardening and photography. This is a favorite, Itoh peony Bartzella. This is the meaning of the phrase “breathtakingly beautiful.”
My Arranger and I have moved into a fine retirement community, and I no longer have a garden to enjoy. Age has taken its toll. But I can look to others and continue to build the garden of my dreams…in my dreams.
Thanks to so many of you for your faithfulness in following me for all these years. I look forward to repeating this sentiment in another seven years.
This week’s photo challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is SOMETHING PRETTY. I had lots of choices among my wife, daughters and granddaughters, but I couldn’t decide on one without hurting feelings of the others. So I looked at sunsets, art works, and flowers. I figured the flowers wouldn’t be so sensitive, so here we are.
Daylily Barbara MItchell
There were many choices, but this was one of my favorites.
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