I would like to wish all my visitors a very Happy New Year. I wonder what this year will have in store for us all. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that having a garden enriches our lives in so many ways. I hope that as I and others write, photograph and video our plants, birds and wildlife we can all share in this especially those who have no garden at all.
Wildlife Photography in blogs is of an increasingly high standard which is absolutely fantastic for us as visitors. I feel it is the understanding and appreciation of the wildlife itself that makes these photographs special. I do take photographs from my garden as you will know but often they are as a result of glancing out of my window and noticing some activity so I am just taking advantage of the opportunity. However I have stood outside behind my camera on a day when the light was good on some plants etc and waited for the birds to come and it can be a long wait! So I take my hat off to all the photographers, especially Mike and Richard, as this does takes a great deal of patience as well as skill! It really is a bonus that we are all able to share in their excursions! Here’s hoping 2008 is a good year for wildlife photography.
Garden Photography in blogs is also of an increasingly high standard. I love to see the plants and planting schemes of other gardeners but again some blogs post on their garden visits too. Now this for me is such a treat especially when many of the blogs I regularly visit are not in Scotland. I have a number of favourite plantsmen and women and to be able to visit gardens designed by them through the eyes of another gardener is like walking through them with a friend! I would especially like to thank Pam and Yolanda for posting on the Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf who is renowned for his natural plant schemes using ornamental grasses and perennials. Pam posted on her visit to The Lurie Garden in Chicago and Yolanda on her visit to Piet’s Private Garden and Nursery in the Netherlands. I am looking forward to enjoying many more Garden Tours and Botanical Garden visits from Pam and other bloggers in 2008 – perhaps I should consider showing some photos from the gardens I have visited here in the UK.
On collecting my links for the pages above I have just discovered a great collection of photos on The Lurie Garden by Gloria which she stores in photobucket – all 61 of them! Gosh you could lose hours browsing like this – I want to go back to see them all again! It is handy I have links here for myself too. Mmm sorry I’ve been distracted again and found another interesting page by the Garden Rant which has a link to a slideshow of Piet’s idea of Birth, Life and Death in the garden. Many of these photos I have in his books and I find them absolutely inspiring. Yes, I have a small garden with an even smaller space that gets full sun but you can recreate the ’feel’ of a design in any scale. I look forward to collecting more links to Piet’s plantings in 2008.
Wildlife videos definitely come into an area where I would like to see the quality improved in 2008. I understand it is difficult when files have to be compressed in the way they are for showing on the web but when you know how the original looks it is always disappointing to see how they change. Once again if anyone has any tips on this please do add a comment or email me – thank-you.
CCTV Cameras are also a popular way to capture wildlife in the garden especially during the hours of darkness. Some bloggers kindly share photos and video from their gardens in this way which allows us all to see what is going on in the garden during the twilight hours. Jane recently caught a robin having a bath on hers but it is the badgers and foxes that she is hoping to catch more glimpses of. Jan on the other hand has captured hedgehog photos with hers and generously shared these images live with me online which was quite a treat! I look forward to discovering more gardens with wildlife cameras in 2008.
Finally, for tonight, I have one final thing to add. To each and every visitor that strolls by this post I wish you good health and a very Happy New Year ….. Cheers!
Whisky is very popular as a toast to the New Year in Scotland a ‘wee dram’ it is known as here. However it is not my tipple so it is my husband that is extending this toast to you tonight!