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Appreciating the Garden Photographer

It never fails to amaze me how important a role the camera plays in our appreciation of landscapes. Even those gardens that we have visited and admired look more interesting when caught by the creative lens of a photographer. Unlike the average visitor, who follows an easily recognizable path, the photographer takes the path least travelled or never attempted, in order to discover an aspect of a garden that might otherwise remain unseen.

The upper image caught my eye because the photographer made a leap of creativity to discover a powerful composition in pink, nestled in the stone wall of the garden. Perhaps a leap of the body was involved, as well. The lower photo is what a visitor might observe in that same magnificent garden, without effort or exploration.

Blasen Landscape Design of San Anselmo, California, created this residential garden in Big Sur, California.

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Reader Comments (5)

I was captivated when these photos came out a few years ago in a magazine. I've saved them ever since. The design is wonderful, of course, but the photos definitely help. Nice post.

May 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Rainer

A photo will capture moments, colours and mood which can never be repeated. These photos are simply amazing.

I've truly enjoyed visiting your blog! Your ambitious garden makeover is quite inspiring and it's amazing how quickly it's progressing. You are blessed with lots of helpers, even little feathered ones. LOL
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Phenominal pictures!! I am always amazed at how a photograph can capture so many dimensions of shapes and light! My husband just started his own blog that I honestly think you would enjoy. You are both creative designers with true artistic bones. Not only does my husband create beautiful landscapes, but he truly loves the process and takes beautiful pictures as well. Thank you for sharing these lovely pictures and you website is wonderful.

Michael (my husband) website is Plant With

Some of his artistic pictures are featured here: Garden Photos

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa

The links didn't work above- so my husbands blog is and the direct link to his pictures are

Would love honest feedback from another professional.

September 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlissa

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