OK, I’m a sucker for contests since I won free movie tickets when I was ten by coming up with a marquee combination of “Bird on a Wire”, “Shoot to Kill” and “Duck Soup”, so I have to enter Gardening Gone Wild’s June contest.
Frankly, Josh McCullough’s theme, Frames, is pretty challenging, and I am not sure that the title really gets at what he is asking for. He wants to see our best work but my definition of best depends on the situation. I thought about taking his title literally and found some great shots that had internal frames like this clematis, or where one rare tree framed the other in a botanical echo.
I was really bummed when Rob Cardillo didn’t choose my Geranium renardii even for his commentary. When reviewing my images for this challenge, I concluded that not only must an image be well executed for focus, exposure and composition, an image really has to make you gasp, and those are hard to come by.
In the end, it each person’s experience that affects how ‘good’ an image is considered, and that is something you just can’t control.
I have to come back to my monochromatic favorites of green images. This one is all about the texture of the three different mosses on the branches of Parrotiopsis ‘framed’ by Trachystemon orientalis. I liked the drama of line of the branch through the background. This combination was found at the splendid Miller Garden, which you simply have to visit.