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The Essence of Garden Photography

Updated on September 1, 2016

City life makes person feel a little detached from nature. Of course, you can have an urban garden, but so often my mind yearns for nature and the tranquility of a mountain garden. There is something invigorating about taking a walk in the forest of the San Bernardino Mountains, and beholding the gardens in that region. People often grow native plants and more common vegetables like tomatoes and lettuce. I just have to get back to the mountains once in a while, so I can enjoy a bit of garden photography.

What is the essence of garden photography? Looking at pictures of gardens can be quite calming. When I feel the need to relax, I enjoy changing my pace by looking at soothing pictures of plants and flowers. My goal one day soon is to plant a few tomato plants and some lettuce in containers in my own small backyard, but the meantime I enjoy looking at pictures of my mom's garden. This year my parents used raised bed planters for their tomatoes, which is a good way to keep the gophers from burrowing at the roots of the plants. I have also learned from the little bit of research I have done that raised bed planters mean you do not have to bend over as much, which might be useful for gardeners that suffer from knee and back pain.

I like how raised bed planters would mean I would have to bend down less. When I was younger I always enjoyed looking at the plants and eating homegrown vegetables, but I rarely wanted to pull weeds in the garden. Occasionally I would pull weeds in the garden, but I always opted for cleaning the house instead back when I was a kid. Now looking back I wish I had helped out with the garden more so I could have learned tips about how to grow plants on my own. It is my plan to start a little planter garden in my backyard as I have said, but I still admire looking at the pictures I took of a much larger garden.

Looking down on all the plants in the garden.
Looking down on all the plants in the garden.

I am mesmerized by little apple trees growing among flowers and plants in a mountain garden. The purple of the morning glory flowers in the photo above adds a bit of unexpected color contrast.

Looking at the chili peppers, pinkish flowers, and another lovely morning glory.
Looking at the chili peppers, pinkish flowers, and another lovely morning glory.

Those red chili peppers jump out at me, and I just wish I could pick some fresh ones to put in a salsa. I will have to wait until summer, though.

Another beautiful image of flowers and tomatoes.
Another beautiful image of flowers and tomatoes.
I love the bell shaped white flower with brown spots.  Okay I should know the name, but I do not.  Sorry I do not know the name of this beautiful flower.
I love the bell shaped white flower with brown spots. Okay I should know the name, but I do not. Sorry I do not know the name of this beautiful flower.
The view taken from the height of a hollyhock.
The view taken from the height of a hollyhock.

Walking around the garden I love looking at the hollyhocks, which I used to put in my hair to pretend like I was in an exotic locale such as Hawaii. Hollyhocks have always done well in the San Bernardino Mountains because this plant can grow in very hard and clay like soil. Even though we do get moisture during the winter months in mountains, we are also prone to dry spells during summer and fall. I no longer live in the San Bernardino Mountains, but being a mountain girl will always be a pervasive part of my thinking.

Looking a sunflowers and an apple tree.  There is also a bird mobile in this picture, which is small and blue, and sort of hard to see.
Looking a sunflowers and an apple tree. There is also a bird mobile in this picture, which is small and blue, and sort of hard to see.
Another picture looking down on the garden.
Another picture looking down on the garden.
Apple tree and sunflowers.
Apple tree and sunflowers.
Sunflowers are beautiful to look at.
Sunflowers are beautiful to look at.
Glancing at the petals of a sunflower can bring moments of pure joy.
Glancing at the petals of a sunflower can bring moments of pure joy.
Amazing picture of a sunflower with a tree off to the side.
Amazing picture of a sunflower with a tree off to the side.
More bell shaped flowers of the pink and white variety!
More bell shaped flowers of the pink and white variety!
A pink hollyhock is the focal point of this picture.
A pink hollyhock is the focal point of this picture.
Here is a picture of more purplish-blue morning glories,and red and orange nasturtiums, which are an edible flower.  Never eat flowers unless you know these are edible, but nasturtiums are an edible flower that taste good in salads.
Here is a picture of more purplish-blue morning glories,and red and orange nasturtiums, which are an edible flower. Never eat flowers unless you know these are edible, but nasturtiums are an edible flower that taste good in salads.

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      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi K9keystrokes,

      Thanks for your nice comments. You can see more of my art work at sweetbearies.com if you like!

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      India Arnold 

      7 years ago from Northern, California

      Great images SP. I do miss your drawings however. Cool hub.

      K9

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      Leni Sands 

      7 years ago from UK

      I really admire how hard you have obviously worked on your gsrden - you must have green fingers. Great hub.

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      theindianblues 

      8 years ago from Some where on the Globe

      Wonderful ideas and great narration. I loved reading this hub. Thank you SweetiePie for bringing this nice work.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      That was a pleasure to read and look at the pictures.

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      SweetiePie 

      8 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you Alek and Shirley!

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      Shirley Pisa 

      8 years ago

      I love your plants. This could be a great hobby and I agree, looking at the plants can be relaxing. It is a good stress reliever.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      8 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Nice hub, SP. I enjoyed the garden pictures. You're right about it having a calming effect.

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