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The Essence of Garden Photography
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.
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.
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.
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.