A Fairy's-Eye View of My Garden

| 4/12/2016 3:49:00 PM

Tags: garden inspiration, nature, flowers, moss, lichen, enjoyment of nature, Blythe Pelham, Ohio,

Mossy islands

I’ve never been one to enjoy expansive views atop mountains or over valleys. They do catch my eye on occasion—those that are especially ethereal or otherwise eye-catching. Instead, I tend to spend much more time and delight focusing on the micro-world around me.

Every camera I even consider purchasing comes with a macro focus option. I could spend many hours every day dwelling in the up-close and personal spaces around me. In fact, if hiking with another who loves to get to those mountaintop vistas, I prefer to spend a thrilling (yet somewhat dawdling) time pausing here and there for the close-up shots. I’m not a great companion for those who love an invigorating hike up the hill since my ambling gate and constantly stopping for yet-another-shot style can be disruptive to a good heart rate exercise.

I love studying all these things in close detail. They really come alive to me when I see the way their curves create dimensionality. Perhaps my fascination with the micro world around me is a reflection of the way my mind takes notes for future arting. I do reference photographs quite a bit when depicting nature in my work. There is definitely something that activates my drawing juices when looking at nature so closely.

Take Time to Stop and Smell the Roses

I find all manner of fascination around my garden when taking time to look more closely as I work and wander. My artist’s eye captures textures and color subtleties that glancing more casually from afar might miss. My writer’s imagination tumbles around some of these micro-vignettes—creating worlds and stories that it mightn’t have were I to simply stroll right on by those hiding fairy cairns.

My dad was fond of repeating the oft-quoted wisdom, “Take time to stop and smell the roses.” While I don’t come across many roses in my daily adventures, I do take that quote to heart when ambling through our garden or around other favored nature spots. When looking so carefully and intimately at my surroundings, I feel more connected and a part of them. This is grounding for me.

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