‘Down on Your Knees’, Picture This photo contest for August!

August 19, 2009

Verbascum & Bloodgrass

Verbascum & Bloodgrass

This is my very first serious entry for a photo contest offering a prize and I’m so excited!  Not that I think I have a chance at the prize, but because it’s fun and I do have a competitive spirit even though I don’t take myself too seriously.  I’m an artist working with glass, avid gardener who constantly  wonders about and seeks my next direction.  So it’s really fun to marry my two passions with my amateur hobby of photography.

I found the Gardening Gone Wild site via Teresa at Gardening with Soule after her comment on my last post (Thanks Teresa!).  There are some fabulous photos entered in the contest as you can see here!  Just click on each person’s entry to view.

The photos are all taken from knee level or lower.  I think my favorite so far is Teresa’s.  Her color, composition, texture and contrast all work perfectly together.

The prize is a selection of summer blooming perennials from one of my favorite nurseries, High Country Gardens!  I need to get my fall order placed with them soon!

David Perry is the judge and you MUST see the photos on his garden blog.  Incredible to say the least!

After taking photos this morning it was difficult for me to choose which I liked best to select as my entry!



I love the Gentian detail…..



As well as the trio Gentian trumpets.

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee

Then there was the Bumble bee on the pink Veronica…..

Pink Veronica

Pink Veronica

And the pink Veronica grouping.



I love the texture of this sage….

They've reseeded everywhere!

They've reseeded everywhere!

Which led my eye to more textures.



But these were grayish & greenish, & I love color.  So, after 99 shots, the  Verbascum won out.  For me anyway….did I make the right choice?  Which would you have selected???


Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time……


23 Responses to “‘Down on Your Knees’, Picture This photo contest for August!”

  1. Susie Says:

    Wow, an amazing photo…I think yours is my fav so far! Lovely colors & composition, good luck

  2. Holly Says:

    I’m digging the Gentian!!! I wish I had it in my garden! You are wonderful….and I hope you win!

  3. Teresa Says:

    I think your photo is one of my favorites also. Nice colors and contrast of subjects. I really like it. I am glad you entered and good luck.

  4. Thanks Susie & Holly! And thank you, Teresa, for inspiring me to delve further & submit something!!

  5. fairegarden Says:

    I think you made the right choice, the verbascum and blood grass make a handsome couple. All of your images are so good, I do like the study in green and white too. 🙂

  6. Oh thank you Frances, I had such a difficult time with that decision!

  7. Great job. I agree with your choice, though loved the sage as well.

  8. Thanks, I loved your cyclamen photo too. Actually, I liked a LOT of your photos & have become a follower!

  9. I’ve always admired your photos and found them inspirational as well as beautiful. They are all wonderful. I can imagine how difficult it was for you to choose just one.

  10. Oh my gosh, thank you! Your entry in the competition is mesmerizing the way the purple & green kept my eye moving between the flower, insect & background.

  11. Gail Says:

    The beautiful blue verbascum against the red of the bloodgrass is wonderful. Good luck with the contest! gail

  12. Thanks Gail! The photos on YOUR blog are glorious!!

  13. Look at you go Linda! Great. I even jumped at the picture of the bumble…my biggest phobia! Hope you do well in the competition. Love these photos.

  14. Thanks Kathleen, no need to fear Bumbles…it’s the wasps & hornets that you want to avoid. Congratulations to you & Dan for having your works accepted in the Lines Into Shapes show!

  15. That first one is exquisite with the red Japanese blood grass behind the purple blossom. Lovely indeed. Good luck.~~Dee

  16. Loved your photo, Dee, good luck to you too!

  17. I think you made an excellent choice! Best of luck!

  18. Candace Says:

    I can see why it would be hard to choose but I like your choice the best, too. Good luck!

  19. Bri Says:

    Thanks for adding me to your blog list!

    I LOVE the photos of the gentians! STUNNING! Do you know what type of gentian they are? I’d really like to try and find some!

    Happy gardening!

  20. Oh thank you so much for the compliments Candace & Bri! It’s Gentiana asclepiadea, or Willow Gentian, taller than most & it’s that beautiful BLUE! And Bri, I found my blog listed on your favorites, which made me realize I hadn’t listed any favorites here yet, so double thanks for listing my blog & the reminder ( ;~D) !!

  21. Chookie Says:

    I loved all your photos, but my favourite is the green and white, because of the foreground curves and background straightness. And I’m fascinated by your plants as most of them are ungrowable (is that a word?) here.

  22. Oooooh and I liked your Nanking Cherry photo! So funny you should say that because I have a few plants from your side of the world that I adore!

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