From Our Woodland Garden


Photographed today – cuttings from our woodland garden.
(Displayed on pretty papers by Brenda Walton for K and Company.)



The woodland garden is a 55-foot long area on the west side of our home. When we bought our property almost five years ago, it had quite a bit of bare ground covered with mulch. Over the years I’ve filled it in with dozens of flowering plants, grasses, ferns, shrubs and hundreds of bulbs. Any bare earth remaining is now covered with a soft, yellow-green moss. The rock wall above used to be awful concrete block. Two years ago, D painstakingly hand cut stone veneer and mortared it onto the entire 55-foot length. Now it is a beautiful, special feature. Our kitchen and entry windows overlook this part of the garden, a source of magical delight after a gloomy winter. The birds love it, too – a true fairy garden.

When these beauties begin to fade, the next wave of blooms will begin. Soon to come are Aquilegia (columbine), Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding Heart), Japanese Painted Fern, hydrangeas, rhododendrons and azaleas, tulips, Lily of the Valley and bluebells.
I hope this brought some springtime magic to your week!

much love,

– g

p. s. The next issue of my newsletter will be out tomorrow and includes some great French postcard printables and photo tips. You can still sign up using the link on the sidebar.

Do You Dream in Pink?

Recipe for open-eyed dreaming: Take a Friday afternoon, Seattle sunshine, the University Yoshino cherry trees at their absolute perfect peak, me with my new Nikon D800, D with his new Canon 5D Mark III. Mix equal parts, sprinkle with delight and enjoy with abandon. (above: Nikon D800, Lensbaby Edge 80, 1/640th sec at F/4.0, manual mode, edited in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop 5.5)
(above: Nikon D800,  Nikon 105mm F/2.8 Macro VR, ISO 100, 1/1000 sec at F/3.2 aperture priority mode, edited in Lightroom 4)
(above Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70 F/2.8, ISO 100, 1/250th sec at F/5.6 shutter priority mode, edited in Lightroom 4 and PS 5.5)
(above: Nikon D800, Lensbaby Edge 80, ISO 100, 1/640th sec at F/4.0, manual mode, edited in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop 5.5)
(above: Nikon D800, Lensbaby Edge 80, ISO 100, 1/500th sec at F/4.0, manual mode, edited in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop 5.5)
(above: Nikon D800,  Nikon 105mm F/2.8 Macro VR, ISO 100, 1/500th sec at F/4.5, aperture priority mode, edited in Lightroom 4)
(above: Nikon D800,  Nikon 105mm F/2.8 Macro VR, ISO 100, 1/320 sec at F/6.3, shutter priority mode, edited in Lightroom 4 and PS 5.5)
(above: Nikon D800,  Nikon 105mm F/2.8 Macro VR, ISO 100, 1/320 sec at F/4.0, shutter priority mode, edited in Lightroom 4 and PS 5.5)
(above: Nikon D800, Lensbaby Edge 80, ISO 100, 1/640th sec at F/4.0, manual mode, edited in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop 5.5)

For more of this magical, once-a-year phenomenon, visit here.

Wishing you Happy Daydreaming and Happy Easter to all who celebrate it!

with love,

– g

p.s. I am seriously in love with my new camera. It is giving me an entirely new perspective on my photography. It was worth the wait, Nikon.

Dear April

Flowering Crabapple, April 14, 2010     The Arboretum, Seattle

Hello, dear April!

A joyful embrace to
your mercurial ways
and kaleidoscope days

Shall we dance
under pink-laced trees
and rainbow showers,
and laugh at nothing in particular?

And if I ask, ever so nicely,
would you stay
just a bit longer this time?

Hello, dear April!

Your bring riches beyond measure. 

• • • •

Hello, dear friends, far and near. Thank you for your response to the event recap here – your support and comments were very delicious icing on the cake! Here’s to a wonderful month for each of you.

with love,

– g

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