Planters in the Spring
Christine and Jane (not to forget Ed) have done us proud in transforming a building site into a hotel garden. It's been a big task with major areas to be re-turfed, the debris of ages cleared, new beds installed, and the rawness of the site transformed into the pleasant place that you'll want to stay when you're in Melksham.
Ongoing garden works by Nigel, keeping the place in trim especially in the current grass-growing season - and we have a LOT of grass.
The planters to the left and right of the front door struck me as beautiful in the halflight of dawn this morning, and I couldn't resist adding in the pictures. Quite an interesting technical challenge - to use natural light, flash, or a mixture? Which of the hundreds of settings on the digital camera to use? Both of my experiments look effective in their own way - but then I've got some of the beauties of spring to work with right on my doorstep, so it really wasn't that hard even for an amateur photographer like myself.
The UPPER picture was taken with flash, just after dawn when there was also low natural light available to provide the skylight to the read and, in effect, the silhouettes of the trees. The LOWER picture was taken earlier. Flash was NOT used, but the camera was set to make best use of available light, and the light from our entrance porch was illuminating the flowers. (written 2007-04-10, updated 2008-12-26)
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