This post is part of a Photo Meme. The other day I was asked by fellow garden blogger, and fantastic photographer, Britt Conley from the Photo Garden Bee to partake in a photo meme. Basically the idea is, to pick one photo that I love - it can be of anything - not even garden related but you explain why you love the photo and pick 2 or 3 other photo-garden bloggers you like and ask them to do the same.
I must say that it’s actually a far greater challenge than I anticipated, as to pick your favourite photo is near impossible. Fortunately for me I don’t have a fancy camera, so I don’t have a huge archive of photographs (can only imaging what it must have been like for someone like Britt), which makes it a bit easier, but still no easy task. So eventually I came to a decision.
To help me choose, I decided to ask myself ‘which photo brings back the most memories, and amazes me every time I see it?’ And this picture is the answer to that.
A couple of years ago my wife and I spent a few mounts travelling in Australia. Some of our best time was had, bush walking in the Blue Mountains, just a few hours outside of Sydney. It is such a wonderful area (anyway back to the photo) we were staying in a town called Katoomba, and decided one day to take a more civilised walk, so we went to the nearby Everglades Gardens at Leura, what a lovely place it was too. And it was here that the photo was taken.
What amazes me about this photo is that this garden sculpture was sculpted by none other than mother earth herself. These fantastic rock formations can be found all over these area in a larger scale, but what I loved about this piece is that it looks as if it is sitting on a plinth in an art gallery. These rock formations are formed from Triassic sandstone rich in the iron oxide which coloured it with dark red and purple bands. Sandwiched between the ironstone, much softer layers of sandstone eroded at a faster rate over the millennia, leaving a rock face deeply etched with curving hollows and stripes.So this brings me to the part of the meme where I tell you about some of the garden photographers that I enjoy, and let me tell you there are many fabulous blogs to choose from, you just need to look at my blog role to see that there are allot of very talent bloggers out there. So I decided to choose some blogs I enjoy that don’t get as much exposure as they deserve.
First up (in no particular order) is Michelle’s fantastic blog, ‘Garden Porn’. The title of the blog alone, tickles me every time I see it ‘Garden Porn, Is that a pistil in your calyx or are you just happy to see me?’ This blog is full of all kinds of fantastic things, from delicious gardens to fun and creative garden design and sculpture.
‘Michelle has been sculpting gardens for the past 27 years. She strongly believes that the most successful gardens are those that capture the spirit of the individual and the essence of the site. Together in our unified efforts our team strives to create sculptural gardens that Inspirit the Heart, Imbue the Senses and Inspires the Eye of the Beholder’ http://deviantdeziner.blogspot.com/
Another blog I love to visit is Birger’s lovely photo blog ‘North of Sweden’ This blog is a photo diary of his snowy garden near Norrlänska, Sweden, as well as gorgeous photos of the local area and wildlife throughout the year. Birger himself is Professional musicians and an avid photographer.
Please click on the link or the photo to be directed to Birger’s blog and see some of his amazing photos and some breathtaking Swedish landscapes.And thanks to the fantastic Google translate tool, you can also read his stories and descriptions (well sort of). Enjoy!http://northofsweden.blogspot.com/
Oh yes and, Happy St Patricks day everyone!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous..fabulous photo..I can certainly see why you chose it...remarkable beauty ...only found in nature! Have a terrific day..Happy St P's! Cheers!ReplyDelete
Hi! Just popped over for a visit and I'm now a follower of your blog. I love the stone work you do - amazing!ReplyDelete
I can see why you picked that photo, amazing.ReplyDelete
Happy St. Patricks Day!
Yes, faves are very hard to pick, aren't they? This is definitely a nice choice. I enjoy rock formations because there is no better sculptor than Ma Nature herself. Additionally, the formations are one-of-a-kind and so interesting!ReplyDelete
Beautiful photo that says a lot! Happy St. Paddy's Day to you!ReplyDelete
Fab picture, I think I would stuggle to choose just one photoReplyDelete
I was in such a bluesy funk that I forgot about this meme! Very nice photo~GailReplyDelete
Ah and good day to ya. ;-) It is so hard to pick a favorite.That is such a unique one and a good choice for a favorite. I live in our State Park area that is rich in rocks LOL! I kid, but it is a beautiful scenic area so your choice of this rock formation is one that I personally really like.ReplyDelete
Happy St. Patrick's to ya.
I would entitle your photo of Mother Nature's sculpture: "The grim reaper astride his giant eel, emerging from the earth." It might change on further viewing;)ReplyDelete
Christine in Alaska
I came to your blog through Ian Percy's Florez Nursery. Your oicture is very beautiful. I have seen such stones in many gardens in China.ReplyDelete
Have a good day!
Sunny, beautiful choice! Just think of the power that sculpted that stone - I always enjoy your post - GloriaReplyDelete
What a fantastic rock formation! Also thank you for the intro to Garden Porn blog. I've enjoyed it. Btw your mention of Sydney reminded me of a photo blog I'm following called 52 Suburbs that you might like, having been there.ReplyDelete
Wonderful post! Love the nature sculpture and links! It is great to think of how a photo brings us closer to meaningful times.ReplyDelete
wonderful photo ... nature always amazes meReplyDelete
Such wonderful natural beauty.ReplyDelete
It sure is hard to compete with Mother Nature and all her glory.
What an amazing photo! I could stare at that rock formation for hours, imagining what it represents. Thanks for the links to two great photo blogs.ReplyDelete
That stone is incredible - shows us that Mother Nature is truly a great artist, much better than we could ever be! But I do like your pictures of the "grow your own chair". Neat! I'll need to show these to my hubby, and see if I can inspire him to tackle one of these for our garden.ReplyDelete
Thanks again for dropping in to visit our Bird Hotel.
I have to admit that I am a huge lover of natural art. The photo you used is beautiful in all it's essence.ReplyDelete