I think I've already mentioned that another benefit of staying home for Thanksgiving this year is that I got the calendars done really early. It was a great year in the garden and we think this year’s calendar reflects that. I tried to feature photos in the month they were taken, but couldn’t quite do it. All photos were taken in 2010 and with the exception of March and July, all in our garden, or at least on our street. Stick around to the end and there will be information on purchasing a calendar of your very own!
January -- It was a rather snowy January and this snow-covered hydrangea almost looks like a snow-covered mountain. I learned a lot about how to photograph snow in 2010:
February -- Another snow shot and for a February morning in CT an unusually blue sky. My mom and the judge of a photo contest (hon. mention) thought it looked like spring blossoms at 1st glance:
March -- Another sunset viewed from the beach on Marco Island, this one in March during our last trip down in 2010. I wonder if this will become a yearly entry to the calendar:
April -- Does anything say spring quite like forsythia in bloom? This photos was taken on April 10th, everything was about 2 weeks early in 2010:
May -- Managing to keep featuring photos in the month they were taken by giving you this shot of osteospermums. Impulsively buying a $10 pot gave me one of my favorite photos of the year:
June -- This dragonfly came to visit on July 1st, so close to June! Early July brought a lot of dragonflies, but this was the best shot by far, though a pretty blue one was pretty unique:
July -- We heart Buffalo and our July visit to the Japanese Garden at Delaware Park was the highlight of our trip. Is the road in the background a distraction or a reminder that you’re in an oasis:
August -- 2010 was the year of the tomato. The weather was perfect and August brought a harvest like this one on a daily basis. We literally had more than we could eat:
September -- Taken in early October when this praying mantis suddenly showed up in the garden – our first! I wish I hadn’t cut off the tail in this shot, but it’s pretty darn good even without it:
October -- An August spider featured for October, but it wouldn’t be a Heather’s garden calendar without a close-up of a spider to freak you out for Halloween:
November -- I should have a really great fall color shot for November, but instead you get this astilbe leaf from April. I love the sun streaming from above and the stained-glass look of the leaf:
December -- Even though we added two butterfly bushes to the garden this year and saw swallowtails for the first time, this Monarch on one of the bushes was the best butterfly shot captured this year:
Now the pitch -- each year people tell me I should sell the calendars, so I figured, what the hell, why not actually put some products in the CafePress store I created years ago. So if you'd like to purchase calendars (or note cards) head over to my store and buy away. I can tell you from personal experience that the calendars make excellent Christmas presents!