Slow painting

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Intimate view


One of the things I love most about growing things is how your vision becomes concentrated on life at ground level. That little patch of soil that you're digging or hoeing assumes an intimate topography. And it's all too easy to down tools and start taking pictures.

Since our plot is right beside the single access road in the site, and fairly near the entrance, most people pass by us on their way to their plot. I know they're saying that it's little wonder that woman still has a weedy patch to dig over and no seeds sown yet - there she is again, taking a photo of the ground, for heaven's sake, or a weed...

33 comments:

~Holly~ said...

What a lovely photo!!

Penny said...

This is a fantastic photo, what sort of camera do you use?

Elettra said...

Very unique!!!!!!!

Linda said...

Holly and Penny, glad you like my wee ladybird.

Penny, I use a Canon Ixus 80IS. I took this on the macro setting.

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

Oh what a stunning picture!

Janet/Plantaliscious said...

That is indeed a fabulous photo. I get laughed at for taking photos at my plot too. And I totally agree, there is something special about getting up close and personal with the earth and the plants you grow (as you weed) - I find it very relaxing, as well as enlightening. Not sure I would ever e quick enough off the mark to get a photo like that though!

BilboWaggins said...

Stunning picture.

Green Lane Allotments said...

Guilty of exactly the same obsession! Lovely photo

Andrea said...

Fantastic Photo!!

Why I garden... said...

That's an amazing photo! A great one to get blown up and put on the wall. (Wonder what it'd look like in black n white as well?) Kelli

Jenni@ RainyDayGardener said...

Hi Linda, what a pretty picture :) The allure of gardening is precisely what you said, we are able to forget all the business around us and just focus on the ground :)

Jo said...

Wow, that's a fantastic photo, Linda. You should enter that in a competition. Taking photos of life at ground level is certainly paying off.

Jane said...

According to my daughter, dandelions are not weeds, they are very pretty flowers and well, I think I now agree :-)

Your photo is amazing - if looking down at the ground achieves this kind of photography then keep on looking!

Al said...

This is an extraordinary photo, I absolutely love it. I drive my family crazy taking photos, so I'm sure people who don't know me must think I'm even crazier!

Henrietta said...

LOL, we know better than them that there is a purpose for shooting weeds:) What a great coincidence to have that ladybug in middle, just gorgeous.

A Rosy Note said...

What a great photo :)

Hilde said...

The photo is fantastic, Linda, what a great shot :)

the little things... said...

such a great photo! love it! you captured it beautifully! stopping by from a rosy note.

The Barefoot Crofter said...

Fabulous photo - I must already be marked out by my seeming obsession for taking odd pictures of anything and everything.
Re RC book. I really would recommend it. I have loads of bread books too, and this is the only one that I have ever used in such a successful way. If you like, I could try scanning the scone page and send it to you and you could give it a go? I understand your reticence at buying yet another book. x

Vicki said...

Hi Linda,
You keep taking those photos! They're wonderful. You'll always get your seeds in but you may not get that photo again!
Vickixx

Stampmouse said...

this is a beautiful shot

Aina said...

Nice picture! I love it.

Linda said...

Thank you all so much for your comments. I can't keep up individually this week, I'm afraid.
Jo kindly suggested I should enter it for a competition. I did actually submit it to the weekly 'Scotland in Pictures' on the BBC news website, but I was pipped by a photo of a wee boy blowing a dandelion! They do seem to favour cute kiddies and darling doggies on those pages, so perhaps I'll take my 'Art' elsewhere!

Espresso said...

Great shot :)

GretchenJoanna said...

This post made me laugh out loud. I'm sure most people also wonder why I have to take SO many pictures of everything in the gardens. The reasons, no doubt, are many.

And that scene on the flower - an amazing catch!

Kris said...

They say God is in the details so it behooves us to slow down, get close and squint now and then. ;-D Lovely pic.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Thanks for the giggle! I love that photo! I am exposed for whoever drives by to see on my corner lot. I take lots of photos, too. Sometimes, cars have to dodge me. I do try to move for them, though.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

I found that critters have been distracting me away from gardening. Very nicely captured.

Babzy said...

Great macro Linda , well done !! :)

Mark Willis said...

Love it! Fabulous photo. Photography allows us to enjoy nature in a different way.

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miguel said...

What a lovely photo!

nathalie in Avignon said...

Fantastic photo, just gorgeous !