Once again Gardening Gone Wild is hosting their Picture This Photo Contest and I have to say that for once my timing was good as flakes of snow were actually falling as I read the theme for January's contest: Winter's Beauty. Here along the shoreline in southern CT we tend to get a lot of snow that melts the next day and most winter days my garden is brown and drab at best. But on Friday (and only Friday) my garden was a winter wonderland.
My entry to the contest was taken about 15 minutes after reading the post and my subject was one of the only plants in my garden with a.) sunlight at that moment and b.) winter interest:
Taken from almost directly above with the macro setting to capture the snow on the ground as a neutral background and a little bit of back/side lighting (though even with that I had to punch up the brightness of the photo in Picasa -- it was snowing afterall). It reminds me of a landscape of a snow-covered mountain peak, but in reverse. I didn't realize that the judge of the contest, Alan Detrick, had photographed a snow covered hydrangea (and even included it in the post about the contest on GGW) until I read through his photography blog late the following day.
I thought about entering this photo of the ice-covered remaints of my tarragon plant instead:
But I just like the other photo so much more. Here's hoping imitation (though entirely unintentional) is indeed the sincerest form of flattery.
Full size file of my entry photo can be found here.