Monday, May 28, 2018

Chanticleer's Ruin Garden

The first weekend in May, I made a photo foray with a classmate and our instructor to Mt Cuba, Winterthur, and Chanticleer., which are outside of Wilmington, DE, and Philadelphia, PA, respectively.  I'd never seen Chanticleer in the spring.  It was overcast, but, blissfully, no rain. There was an amazing convergence of bloom at all of the gardens given the slow, cool spring we had in the mid-Atlantic.  But for us, coming from the Washington DC area, it was also like going back in time and experiencing some of spring all over again. 

Below are views of the Ruin Garden, which is a folly built by the previous director, who hoped to use an old house on the property as the basis for his ruin, but had to resort to a 'new' ruin instead.  

The face and fountain are in the back right corner below.  


The 'pool table' is modeled after a sarcaphogous.

There were a lot of tulips in purple tones throughout the garden.

Here are purple alliums, and more tulips in the gravel garden.  The touch of orange is just right; I think they are more tulips.  I think the ruin is especially effective when viewed from a distance.

Chanticleer is a magical and inventive place.  I wish I could visit every week!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) in the Garden

I've been an absent blogger, focusing more on photography (and my class's blog) than here.  But this series includes the garden, though a blurry one.  I experimented with "Intentional Camera Movement," as it's known.   Do these just make you dizzy or is there something else there?  

The direction of the pan, seems to affect my level of wooziness.  Going up or down is better than moving a long a horizontal plane. 

Some of them look a little painterly, no? 

This one makes me a bit dizzy.  I was panning from side to side.

It's interesting to see what textures come through, like the yew needles (the new foliage is very yellow, one of its features). 

And at rest, the 'Red Sentinel' Japanese maples, Baptisia, Amsonia, and Louisiana iris, with the yew just peeking through.