This week’s challenge from Nancy Merrill Photography is “Gates and Fences.”
Gates and fences can be important features in a garden. I would like to share a gate and a fence in gardens in the Charlotte area that I found to be quite lovely.
This gate is a welcoming invitation to enter a peaceful inner garden.
In this garden, the owner added arched windows to the fence. They don’t allow a view through the fence to the garden next door. Rather, the windows are fitted with mirrors. The reflections give the sensation that the garden extends past the fence. It is one of the most creative fences I have seen.
Nancy Merrill’s weekly challenge is to share photos involving multiple shapes.
This photo of an heirloom peony is a good example of multiple shapes coming together to make a breathtakingly lovely flower. The peony was a gift from my Aunt Martha, who gave me a number of peonies that started in my family in my grandmother’s garden. Its name has long been forgotten.
There are three basic shapes that make up the blossom: large, almost flat petals on the edge, small ruffles around the center, which consists of a crinkly mass of smaller petals. And, of course, the next bud yet to open is a solid round ball.
I hope you will forgive the wee ant tasting some of the nectar on the peony bud.
WATER is the subject of Nancy Merrill’s photo challenge this week. I am pleased to offer two contrasting photographs of flowing water. One shows a peaceful trickle in a Charlotte garden water feature. The other is a mighty torrent in one of the world’s most famous falls.
No longer having a garden, I have not been able to participate in Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday meme. But my three sweet daughters have given my Arranger a monthly gift of flowers to brighten our apartment. The flowers come all the way from Colombia and arrive fresh at the beginning of each month. This month’s selection is particularly lovely, so I’m happy to share with you.
Nancy Merrill is pushing the envelope this week with her challenge: share a photo of someone or something that needs PROPS to tell their story.
What would a great garden orchestra need but its props–its musical instruments, of course.
I am pleased to present a photo of The Phrog Philharmonia, performing in my last garden.
The Philharmonia artists include Phineas Phrog on sax, Pharris Phrog on trombone, Phrank Phrog on concert ukulele, and Phylo Phrog on the mini phrench horn. (The sleeping phrog is the manager, Philipi Phrog.) Please note that in front is that wonderful singing group, The Kitty Sisters–Milly, Lily, and Billie.
Nancy Merrill has challenged us this week to share a subject showing off an “attitude.” Attitude, in this context, usually means something like, “Don’t mess with me. I have my opinion and that’s it.”
I think most folks will look for a person exhibiting such an attitude. I found a photo of a critter, standing in my garden, facing me down. This four-legged young lady definitely had an “attitude.” (I apologise for the screen between us; I had to take the shot when I could.)
The challenge this week from Nancy Merrill is to share a photograph taken with natural light.
During a visit to the Atlanta Botanic Garden several years ago, I was privileged to view a number of Chihuly masterpieces in the garden. This one in particular almost defies adjectives. At a minimum, they must be superlatives.
Nancy Merrill has given us a real challenge this week: to view a subject from the side.
I saw this rooster casually reclining in garden bathtub at a recent Home and Gardening Show here in Charlotte. I hope this view from the side captures the intent of Nancy’s challenge and shows just how relaxing an afternoon scrub can be for a lonely rooster.
Nancy Merrill’s photo challenge this week could send me in several directions. My Dad’s big toys included antique automobiles. I loved his maroon Model A roadster, with rag top, rumble seat, and yellow wheels. Alas, that is ancient history now, so I remembered this photo I took of my wife in front of a REALLY BIG TOY.
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