life : slow down
Alan Bryant : Bristol, England
Dew Drop Mini-Daisies
Hi Everyone -
It's December 1st and you might be thinking what's with all of these garden photos? It's 'Cyber-Monday'. Well, I'm already on holiday promotion-overload and wanted to see something that was 'experience-oriented' vs. 'stuff-oriented'. I'm still shocked that Jdimytai Damour was killed on 'Black Friday' when a crowd stormed the doors at a Wal-Mart in New York (our home State) giving the term a whole new meaning.
I don't want to be hypocrite and will admit that I have been calmly holiday shopping, recently. I was also involved in the one sale email we sent out from Tusk. And, I'm not talking about 'My Favorite-type' posts that often feature wonderful handmade items. It's more to do with the fact that my Inbox is being inundated on a daily basis with emails from major retailers telling me about sales that are going to end soon, so I better hurry and shop. I can't imagine going the entire month with daily 'red alerts' and won't.
So, for today, this blog will serve as the calm in the storm. I'm sure I'll get on board soon enough as it is a magical time of year full of meaningful experiences and imagery beyond the acquisition of stuff. The photos you're seeing come from the International Garden Photographer of the Year contest I read about on Photojojo the other day. The top one is my favorite and there are many more incredible pics on their site.
[Note: I found out when I arrived at work today that two co-workers had friends & family who were killed in Mumbai last week. I'm very sorry for their loses and the craziness in the world that tries to eclipse all that is good.]
[PS Visit Sandra for a floral game of hide-n-seek. It's charming.]
Claire Takacs : Victoria, Australia
Kenrokuen gardens, Kanazawa, Japan
Overall Winner - Garden Photographer of the Year 2008
Dennis Frates : Oregon, USA
Jonathan Buckley : Gloucestershire, England
Ladybird on Lupin Foliage
Nicola Stocken Tomkins : London, England
Torie Chugg : Gloucestershire, England
Dewy Spider's Web
John Macpherson : Inverness, Scotland
Rainy Day at Sissinghurst