Thursday, September 8, 2011

Late Summer Sunset In A Mediterranean Dry Garden

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Late summer, gold sun and cool shadows in a dry garden.

Drawn to the color like moths to the flame:
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The heat of orange...
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The rattle of the palms...
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Do I sit and linger? Or hurry on?
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Cool blue leaves, hot pink stems:  Caesalpinia pulcherrima
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And the puckering flowers, red cat-whisker filaments, bubble buds:
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Agaves, the light fades...
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Other plants grabbing for the last little bits of gold:
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Ribbons of drying Nolina foliage, a brittle blonde curtain...
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Spider web tangled in Agave teats:
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The sculpted power of tree trunks and shadow.
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(gardening gone wild photo contest October 2011)


And then the sun goes down. 
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12 comments:

  1. Thanks for the warm scenes, H. Bartkey. The sheer diversity of what thrives and adds interest in your region says it all! Who needs fescue lawns all over the place, when a little imagination yields so much more where lawns is not needed?

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  2. I want to spend the afternoon in your garden! Beautiful!

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  3. Yes Desert, a little imagination is all it takes.

    Thanks Lynette!

    Danger, not my garden, but it was a wonderful visit and it's more beautiful than my photos show.

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  4. I can see the season fading along with the light. At least California brings amazing things in the garden when the days are at their shortest. Good things ahead...

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  5. Beautiful pictures! I love succulents - but can only grow hardy one's. I'm jealous of your sun and warm weather!

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  6. Not Unknown- Saxon Holt here:
    Excellent photo that not only fulfills the criteria for Filing the Frame for the GGW contest, it tells a great garden story with not a wasted pixel. Wonderfully cropped. The only way I can offer to improve is work on the contrast and color. Needs a bit more snap.

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  7. great photos and congratulations on the Gold!

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  8. Thanks! It was quite a surprise.

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  9. Hi Hoover Boo - thanks for your comment, I'm still trying to figure out the difference between a good and not-so-good photo. Yours is definitely a great photo, congratulations on winning gold - I love the way the light shines beyond the darkness.

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  10. Hi, I haven't been here but was directed by the comments in the GGW Contest. I am trying to figure out what Saxon has been telling all the participants, and followed him to the sources. Congratulations! Now, I am your follower.

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