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Diversity in Seasons

By Kim Charles

Mary Reese embraces the diversity of the seasons in Maine

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"Gardening in Maine is a wonderful challenge, so I try to have something of interest in all seasons. We tend to have mixed borders, as we enjoy the birds and pollinators they attract. In addition to diversity in seasons, I embrace it as well in different shapes and patterns of foliage and bloom. I have found something peculiar as a result: in “off season,” my eye seeks color; in high season, I tend to focus my eye and process my photos differently. Always, it’s about the light, isn’t it?"


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  1. user-7007498 11/01/2016

    Mary, I really enjoyed your photos. They help to focus our eye on small details that are often missed and underappreciated. The ice crystals on the Stachys and fallen leaves is captivating. Love the black and white photos.

    I often look at my own digital garden photos in black and white. It is a great way to look at structure in the garden without being distracted by color.

    Thanks for posting.

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    meander_michaele 11/01/2016

    Lovely photos, Mary...I'm especially drawn to the lighting and color contrast in the picture of the pumpkins and berries.

  3. user-4691082 11/01/2016

    Mary, what part of Maine do you live in? Tell me those photos are from last winter!!!!!! I'm not ready! Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Chalis2 11/01/2016

    Wonderful photos, Mary, especially the one with the pumpkins and bittersweet vine. You have a wonderful eye for capturing the often overlooked details of plants and flowers. Thank you for sharing these!

  5. Chris_N 11/01/2016

    Very impressive. I'll echo all the comments made so far. The last photo is intriguing. It looks like the curlicues you can get with a very sharp plane on a narrow piece of wood. Yucca leaves?

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    HelloFromMD 11/01/2016

    Beautiful photographs.

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    LindaonWhidbey 11/01/2016

    Your photos are very impressive, Mary. Hopefully, that snow is from last winter and you are still enjoying your fall garden. Did you grow the white pumpkins in your artistic fall display? I have to agree with you about what your eye searches for in the garden in the different seasons. I guess that's why we love the PNW since we have something in flower every season, but we can't claim beautiful fall color like you can in Maine. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 11/01/2016

    Beautiful photos. Love the trees and the snow-covered forsythia. I've read about looking at one's garden in black and white to spot texture and shapes but have not actually done that. This is a great reminder, plus the black and white plant portraits really emphasize shape and texture. Thanks for sharing.

  9. wGardens 11/01/2016

    Lovely photos, Mary! I am especially drawn to the bench/forsythia photo. You certainly have captured some wonderful images. It is nice to see the B/W photos also. Really shows the contrast that you wouldn't otherwise notice as much.

  10. Cenepk10 11/01/2016

    Lovely !!!! I discern a deep thinker & lover of beauty in this post.....

  11. schatzi 11/01/2016

    Beautiful. Great photography. The black and white shots are a special treat.

  12. janeeliz 11/01/2016

    Chris, you are such an 'artful' gardener...... and photographer! All so very lovely is everything in your 'new' garden-which I hope you will share.

  13. thevioletfern 11/03/2016

    Such wonderfully moody photos! I lived in Maine for 5 years or so and yes, I miss the light. Beautiful! Love your eye.

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