We had another lovely sunny spring weekend and whilst the warm weather makes it feel summery – it’s still rather too early to plant summer annuals. Consequently, whilst I’m out in the garden working on it and getting some much needed fresh air and sunshine, there still isn’t that much to see – and certainly not much colour – and it looks a tad barren at the moment. I do however grow quite a lot of greenery to keep it looking interesting even without flowers, so I decided to enjoy that for what it was and not worry about the lack of flowers.
The textures of the greenery do tend to give rise to some lovely abstracts and textures and that was what I focused on for my garden photography this weekend.
I often do this when out on my lunchtime walk or if the weather isn’t good – I pick a theme or subject and concentrate on looking for images to fit that theme – it’s good for making you look at things differently and even in limited locations (i.e. my postage stamp sized garden or the familiar walk to the next village) and poor weather, means there’s much more to see that you initially think – once you attune your eyes to seeing them.
I might pick a theme like shadows, reflections, texture etc. and only take photographs that fit this theme – on other occasions I might limit myself to a particular fixed focal length lens or camera mode. It’s very liberating to work this way – and good for finding something interesting when in a creative funk like I am at present. Who needs flowers with all this lovely texture and interest in the foliage.
The only thing this monkey puzzle is good for is taking photos of – if you lean against it or brush past it it slices you like a razor blade, falling leaves get totally ensnared in the spikes and need removing with surgical precision and protective gear.