Saturday, January 31, 2009

I see a ...

Keeping up with the Jones is hard work. I got so busy with work and other posts that I had to delay an assignment from David Perry of A Photographers Garden Blog. Earlier this week, he asked others to capture their gardens and beyond, all from within their home. This was an interesting task since we weren't allowed fix, clean or otherwise prepare that perfect shot. Just point and shoot. Here's some of what I found.
Looking west, our neighbor's imposing garage is a visual black hole. A dark expanse that always seems to tower over us and I'm forever exploring ways to hide it from view. Naturally, this would be the first thing my lens captured. And to my surprise, I rather enjoy the stark contrast of the metal lamp and how it draws the eye up to the sweet little stained glass window.
While we're on the subject of garages... Here's the sole window that filters light into our little catchall. We added two birch trees this Fall to frame the window, but not block too much light. Of course, that means you can also see my husband's tool box propped open against the pane.
A Coral Bark Maple sits potted just outside the back door. It's a nice pop of color during gloomy Winter days. It also complements the holiday window sticker that has yet to be put away.

Looking further down the window, I really can't see the outside. Can you tell an 18-month-old, two dogs and two cats live here? Moving on ...

Turning south, another neighbor's arbor (an upgrade last Summer) provides some interest of its own. The terracotta-colored sun and moon faces stand out against a backdrop of English Ivy. That little bird feeder in the foreground is also a siren for many squirrels. Shortly after shooting this picture, a couple were quarreling over its contents and one ended up sliding down the pole like a fireman rushing to a call.

At the front of the house, looking east, our old Apple tree stands guard before the bay window. OK, actually I took this while looking west, but at a full-length mirror reflecting the outside.

Past our yard and across the street, this little garden gnome appears to be launching a diatribe on passersby. Enough said.

A little bling under the eaves. I placed this just to the north of the window shortly after we bought the house. I realized I don't notice it anymore, but on this day it was catching a gentle breeze and this viewer's attention.

More mirrors, this time catching the wrought-iron detail in the front door. We recently added this entry, replacing a solid wood expanse that only let light in above and below the door. Its replacement is so much better, blocking unwanted views from outside but still giving me a glimpse of something garden related.

7 comments:

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Your apple tree is a nice view. I bet it's looks pretty in bloom. I have a similar window that has that same recognizable smear from a toddler and a dog trying to get in or out.

jodi said...

Is that gnome doing what I think he's doing?? Too funny. That's how I feel about gnomes. :-)

Grace Peterson said...

The gnome's diatribe is too funny. I don't know that I've ever seen a gnome on a mission like this before. My windows look similar to yours. Notice I'm jumping right up to clean them....NOT. :-)

Cheryl Hatch said...

Look for the light, grasshopper. You have the soul of a photographer. With your love of writing and gardening...look for the light that illuminates all things. I love your artistic experiments, Miss M! xoxox

Karen said...

Nice! I need to get over to David's blog and read his call to artistic arms. Yeah, my windows look a lot like that, and I can't blame any pets, just my kid and our lack of interest in cleaning them every freaking day!

David Perry said...

Mercy sakes, girl, you have taken this to a higher plane. So many views and glimpses. Way to go. I think the mirror shots may be my favorite. I like the riddle of them.

tina said...

You did a good job and have lots of views. Sounds like you have a lot of mirrors too. I love them in the house and garden! Especially capturing the outside. I too have a Sango Kaku and love it. Yours looks to be in a good position that you can see it from the house.