Thursday, June 28, 2012

Dream Garden, APR

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The Artists Play Room is hosting a garden party this week. As artists, we are supposed to render a creative 'picture' of our garden. Well, to begin with, I have a black thumb. Nothing I touch - plant wise - grows. We also live in a very dry location - dry sand, hot temps, nothing much grows in our yard - except 2 goats, 1 dog, and  13 assorted cats and kittens. So, let me welcome you to my dream garden.
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My first love - artistically speaking - is photography. I shot every picture in this post. I am currently taking a break from photography so I can focus on a different type of art in zentangle and art journaling.
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Each March - April, this flower field blooms a couple miles from my house. The lovely people who live there open there fields up to whomever wants to come. At any given evening you might count as many as thirty cars there at one time - with every sort of photo shoot going on that you can imagine.
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The one on the right is my daughter. I have actually planted seeds in our yard and tried to get something like this growing. A flower field is definitely something I'd include in my dream garden!
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Statuary. Is that a word? My garden would have several statues. This one stands outside my mom's assisted living residence. I call her Lady of the Lake - she's my favorite! I would love to have her overseeing my garden!
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This is my second favorite statue. This little guy is at the botanical gardens in the next major town from us. They were in the process of building a 6' version - I haven't seen it yet, but I think it might be too big for my garden. What a shame.
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She resides in the same botanical garden.
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Some cool trellises would be in order. Can you see Kali? She thought this was a stupid picture to take - probably still does, haha! - but I love this picture of her. Dreamy! And it fits my dream garden!
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How about some lovely wind chimes? Can't you just hear the tinkling sounds? This shot came from Cedar Key, Florida, which this past week took a direct hit from Tropical Storm Debby.
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Wherever you have flowers - you are going to have a few insects! May they all be so cooperative as this little guy to pose and have their portraits done!
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This dragonfly was my first ever insect shot. I think he's pretty awesome :).
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If I plant the right flowers, I can have lovely butterflies in my dream garden. (As you can tell from my photography logo, I like butterflies.)
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I'd have some beautiful shrubs and greenery. Maybe even some ferns like this one I shot with my very first camera.
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Beautiful flowers. In abundance. Lots of glorious sunlight - shining on the flowers, in the flowers, through the flowers.
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We need just three more things in my perfectly dreamy -  resting in, and lazing around in - garden spot. A fountain with a magical fairy frog . . . 
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. . . a swimming lake with crystal clear water and golden sunshine all year round, and . . .  Photobucket
. . . a dolphin pool! (Taken at SeaWorld, Orlando.)


And that's it! I know this was a long post. If you hung in there till the end - thanks for sharing my dream garden! Oh, how I wish it were true!


Please visit the Artists Play Room and stroll through all our gardens! Perhaps you might want to share yours with us :).

20 comments:

  1. I so enjoyed this post. What a wonderful photographer you are. Your daughter is beautiful! I did a grasshopper last week in pastel. If you scroll down on my blog you can ask him to come on over to your dream garden! I'm sure even grasshoppers must devour some other pest. Thank you for your comments on my blog. happy dreaming!

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    1. haha! i'd love for your grasshopper to come visit my garden!

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  2. Oh yes, I would have hung in there till the end. ;)
    What a wonderful dream garden. It would have everything...including girls peeking through trellises and bugs. Love it! :)

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    1. thanks, rita! i'd love a garden like this :) thanks for leaving me comments - you always make my day!

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  3. That is a perfect dream garden.... some of your photos are wonderfully inspiring and I am sure you had such a great time putting it together.... and none of the back breaking work of areal garden... sounds like my sort of gardening...xx

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  4. wowwwww
    superb
    love it
    I love each photo ;)

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    1. thank you, fifi! i love my photography - and sharing it :)

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  5. your photography is fantastic.
    I thought you might like to see this zentangle that a friend did based on VW Beetle, fondly named Frida.
    Nice to meet you.
    Lynn :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/65345361@N02/7460752238/

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    1. awesome! thanks for sharing it with me! my daughter has a beetle - i'll have to show to her :)

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    2. How amazing, I just picked your name at random from a list of nearly 200 and here I find my friend Lynn (thanks Lynn) telling you about my zentangled VW picture!! AND you joined in the Garden challenge of the APR to boot!
      Ooh, do you believe in 'spooky', cos I think something 'spooky' is going on here, haha.

      Anyhoo - I think your pictures are stunningly beautiful. I would love to join you in your dream garden, and I too love butterflies and dragonflies. Your dragonfly picture is incredibly detailed, as are they all of course.
      Haha, I've just noticed Jenn's comment below here - I don't envy her having to choose one of these (but I would pick the dragonfly, hehe)
      Mo :0)

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    3. hahaha! that's awesome, Mo! i'm glad you found your way over here :) i love your VW picture! i might need to do one as a gift for my daughter - she'd love it for sure. and thank you for your kind comments about my photography - i love taking photos!

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  6. your photography is just spectacular!! But I'm MAD at you!! I think it's just cruel to make me PICK just one to showcase in the wrap up of the APR this week!! Hehehehe. ;o)
    Truly beautiful, probably the best photos I've seen in quite a while.
    Best,
    Jenn

    PS. If you have any macros of flowers I'd love to paint them!!

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    1. i do :) i'll have to pull some out and email them to you. if you find yourself with some time on your hands (yes, i know, what is that?) i have a photography blog and 'flowers' are listed in the label section in the right-bar. but, if you are serious, i can send you some :)

      my other blog is www.theshadowofthecross.blogspot.com
      thank you for the wonderful compliment :)

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  7. Wow, your photography is amazing! What a beautiful celebration of creation and Creator!

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    1. exactly! and that's what i like to photograph - God's splendor through creation - i am so glad to know you "got it" - a kindred heart - a sister in faith perhaps?

      and i love your work! you have such a gift!

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  8. I would sure love a dream garden like that myself!! Your photography is amazing!!! And what a beautiful daughter you have. It's too hard to pick a favourite but, if I absolutely had to, I think it would be the dragonfly. :)

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    1. thank you so much, serena, and thanks for following my blogs :) i hope we get to visit some more real soon!

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  9. What an exquisite garden beautifully photographed in all it's splendor Alice.
    Oh how I wish I could take photographs like you...you're so inspiring.
    I may have to revisit numerous times whilst we're in mid-winter here in Melbourne :(
    Have a wonderful creative week :D

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    1. thank you so much, nessie! i love taking photographs - i am so glad you enjoyed them! and i hope you have a great week as well :)

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