It’s the time of year in this part of the world where the plant world is slowing down and my work world is speeding up. If we had time and you were inclined, you could come for a visit and we could chat for a couple of hours over coffee or tea – about the warm summer and autumn we’ve had, the lack of rain, the things we’ve noticed in our gardens, the creative projects we dream of for winter.
What have I learned from my garden this year? Slowing down and noticing the quality of light is rejuvenating. Approaching problems with a sense of curiosity is less taxing on stress levels. My garden and plants in general help me come back to myself and have hope for our world.
The last few weeks I have practiced recording the way the light hits various parts of the garden. It has been a visually exciting exercise and a great way for me to reacquaint myself with my DSLR. I don’t use a tripod and use the stock lens. I like to keep things simple.
Lately, the bees and other pollinators have been especially active on the Veronicastrum, Agastache and Echinacea. I have all of these plants very close to each other and the bees fly back and forth doing what they do. It’s mesmerizing to watch.
This afternoon I was quite pleased with the resulting photos. Three of them were touched up in Photoshop, the rest are untouched.
It has been a summer of sporadic creative activity for me with a good stretch of daily morning garden work. It was just what I needed to feel like I’m recovering myself again.
In the mid ’90s I temporarily lost a contact lens while trying to focus my unblinking eye on a now forgotten object in a back alley in Kelowna. No tripod, a basic SLR Ricoh and determination to get as crisp a shot as possible. Another image for a class assignment… I did enjoy taking photos, not so much the darkroom.
Today: smudges on my glasses, one lens of my progressives better for seeing close-up than the other and an “old” Canon EOS Rebel T3i. No class assignment, a Saturday morning in the back garden, 30ºC and the elegant Astrantia. Thanks to the immediacy of digital, I’m practicing seeing through photography again. Light and shadow are marvellous aren’t they?