As I always say, inspiration is where you find it.... Yesterday my daughter, budding photographer, wanted to go out to a new 'Forest Preserve' in our area to take pictures. She asked to use my 'fancy' camera (Canon Rebel XT) - so I opted to escort her and my camera to this new point of interest.
|Mallard Lake Forest Preserve|
|What a segue... you just have to know where it goes!|
While 'fields' and 'ponds' might not be too Gucci or glamorous, you can get a artistic shot or turn a corner and find a surprise (like a native plant that you also just happen to have in your own garden)! Here are a few shots I took in my travels. The photos are taken with my cell phone camera (since MY camera was commandeered by 'Budding Photographer') - so the digital resolution isn't the clearest, but they aren't too shabby?
|Rudibeckia! LOVE it!|
|Amateur fishing enthusiasts were in every nook and cranny...|
|Most native plants along the path towered over me!|
|"Classic" Native Illinois|
|Provisions for you to feel like you are "on Golden Pond"|
|There were fields and fields of these 'Sunflowers' |
(I'm sure 'native' enthusiasts could name this variety...)
|A final view, before the rains came.... and we had to beat cheeks to the truck!|
I have to 'brag' just a bit.... here are a few of 'Budding Photographer's' photos from our 'field trip'...
|Pink Guara ? In the fields of Mallard Lake|
|I would never have thought of something so thorny being so interesting?|
(NOT that I want it in my backyard - this is where I draw the line.)
|My brother's loft balcony - I love the urban backdrop!|
|The 'Money Shot'|
I've also recently been inspired by Jim Groble - on his latest garden blog post: http://theresnohorsetoodeadtobeat.blogspot.com/2010/09/wordless-wednesday.html Jim is preparing a new area for a Spring 2011 garden. After all my sketches, reading, cutting out articles and garden journaling -- I love the idea of being more proactive for next season! There are at least 2 areas I want to create new gardens or extend others. Check out Jim's garden 'jump-start' and the feedback he received...
Have a great week... Happy September!