Saturday, August 15, 2015
Backlighting makes all the difference
Ornamental millet, backlit by the morning sun
Too many gardens, too many photos, too little time! I'm still trying to catch up with the 500+ photos I took during the Perennial Plant Association symposium two weeks ago in Baltimore; since then I've been to Buffalo and back for a family visit (150 more photos), and just this morning I was treated to a tour of some of the gardens of the United States National Arboretum by one of the gardeners, Bradley Evans. 250 new photos to sort through! How will I ever catch up? (Does anybody remember the days when you had a couple of rolls of film and had to make sure every one of those 48 or 72 frames really counted?) So for now, just a couple of photos from this morning, showing an ornamental millet that was catching the light just right. This plant has never really excited me, until I saw it with the morning light behind it, imparting it with an almost mammalian mystery. Below, the same plant photographed from the other side. It definitely loses something. If I ever have this plant in my garden, it will have to be in a spot where the sun is always behind it!