Above is my contribution to this month's Gardening Gone Wild photo contest. The topic is "on your knees", and the focus is on things at knee level or below. But really, the photo above, the last photo I took this morning, just delighted me with the sun turning the redwoods red, glimmering like fire in the background. So I just had to share it (I did take it sitting on the ground).
I had actually gone out into the garden before the sun rose. Started with a photo I took lying on my back.
Zauschneria california, photographed against a window. The bamboo on the right is actually inside the house. Alas, the focus isn't quite right...
I moved on to the side of the house where the native buckwheats are blooming.
Above is Eriogonum arborescens (Santa Cruz Island Buckwheat) with some succulents and blanches in front. But I realize right away that I should have cleaned out the last of the dried out clarkias, this photo is just not tidy enough.
I'm actually rather fond of this photo of Eriogonum grande rubescens (red buckwheat), but it just didn't seem exciting enough.
Native plant enthusiasts will surely enjoy this photo of Rhamnus californica (California Coffeberry). I for one am thrilled; it's the first year that I have real berries. But I still was full of doubt about my photographic skills, or even just the eyes to see. Somewhat disheartened, I sat on the ground, looking around.
As I looked up, the first light was just touching the redwood tree, right where the (as yet empty) owl box is waiting for guests. So I snapped a few photos and went back in, to make breakfast and enjoy the coming of the light.
And now that it's evening, I get to write the post and to visit the Photo Contest Post and look at everyone else's pictures. What fun!