My entry for Gardening Gone Wild’s August Picture This Photo Contest can be found at the end of this post. First, a bit of background. This is only my second year gardening and I love taking pictures. Many of them are just pictures of the various plants around the yard, but some chronicle the changes through the seasons and the things I learn about gardening. The theme for this month’s contest is “Down on Your Knees”. I regularly wander the yard and take pictures, but this was especially interesting for the change in perspective and new discoveries.
A few of the things I discovered down on my knees were
I followed the wasp for several feet as he traveled through the back yard. It was interesting watching him carry a worm bigger than he was. At one point, the wasp carried his prey on top of a rock wall I had begun constructing. He seemed to be posing, but I think he was just confused by the new rock in his path. He climbed back down the way he had come.
Shortly afterwards, he left his prey to chase me off, which didn’t take much effort on his part. I turned my attentions to less dangerous subjects. I especially like the morning dew on this nasturtium.
I tried for contrasting plant textures with this yucca, newly transplanted in front of the forsythia.
I caught a rare image of my garden fairy at rest. This is one of her favorite spots in the garden. When she stands on this rock, she is surrounded by maple leaves.
While taking these photos was fun and they are all interesting photos, none is quite what I was after. They are all simply photos of a particular subject. Eventually, I found a shot that stood out from the rest. But first, a little more story. The next photo is taken from the end of my vegetable garden, which was my first garden project. That’s a story all it’s own. Everything else around the yard is still a work in progress. In this photo, the subject for my contest entry is barely even seen, definitely not noteworthy. The rocks were in this space temporarily, after being dug out of my veggie plot last year. They were moved sometime after this picture was taken. The little triangular space between the gravel and the veggie garden is becoming a sedum garden.
My husband pointed out this rooster. I didn’t think of hen and chicks as particularly interesting, but they were pretty cheap at the local garden club sale. The rooster added a bit of interest, but not much.
I thought he might be more interesting in this evening shot, but still didn’t find anything spectacular.
It wasn’t until I was down on my knees, in the quest for my contest entry, that my opinion of the lowly hen and chicks was transformed. I just love this photo. The change in perspective makes all the difference in the world. The largest hen is probably less than two inches tall. From above, it’s unremarkable. From this vantage point, down on my knees, and the play of light and shadow, I get the feeling that I’m catching a glimpse of some alien landscape. If you look closely, you may find the rooster, now dead and shriveled, and a new rooster, just taking off.
So, here is my contest entry. I hope you enjoyed the adventure through the yard as much as I did.