life (and death) in the garden



today's lily

the ant and the flea

from start to finish

early morning blues and greens

got the blues


bee bum

lace caps ll



butterfly kisses


practicing good handwashing

fresh picked

a reminder to self
when feeling uninspired
there is seldom a need to search very far
all I need to do is head to the garden
in my own little yard
where life is abundant
but ever changing!

I’ve been re-reading some of May Sarton’s journals
I find them very calming…grounding
in her book “Journal of a Solitude”
she writes
β€œA garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself.”
how true this is

78 Comments on “life (and death) in the garden

    • Thank you! I’m plan to re-read a few of her journals and maybe start in on a few of her books that I haven’t read yet…including much of her poetry. I love her writing!

  1. Beautiful! I have always wanted to try macro photography, but haven’t had the lens/opportunity. But after seeing yours, I now have inspiration!

    • It’s a lot of fun to take macros! Right now I’m only using a series of close up lenses that Polaroid makes. Someday I’ll break down and buy a good macro lens.

  2. Jerry and I are sitting in front of my computer screen oohhhin and ahhing these photos. What a gift you have! And we love the quote you matched to the life (and many triumphs) in your garden.

    • Oh Pam, thanks so much, I’m so glad you enjoyed these! Not so sure about the MANY triumphs, but there are a few this year. Is Jerry still into gardening? I remember seeing him working hard at your old house in Carlisle!

      • Well, we have a very flower-colorful deck overlooking the SF Bay. It’s fun to fill the rather narrow, long deck with geraniums, roses, prolific Meyer lemon bush, New Guinea impatiens, and other delights. What’s fun is that we can keep flowers blooming all year long here. (sorry for the long answer to the short question – tee hee).

      • So envious that you get to enjoy all that color year round Pam! Hubby must be very happy about that!

  3. Thanks for posting your gorgeous Art! The one with feathers made me sad. I hate coming across them in my yard as well though it is life isn’t though still sad.

    Thanks for a beautiful post in so many way.

    • I feel the same, always sad when I come across something like this. I know that it’s part of nature…I just don’t want to see it!

  4. wow…wonderful shots my dear…you have amazing skill up your sleeve I must to see your pics πŸ™‚ delight for the eyes

  5. Your photos are visually stunning, and I think quite enhanced by May Sarton’s quote. Well done!

    • Thank you Charlie! I found that basket while up in Vermont and I can’t stop photographing it! I fill it with everything now!

      • You are so nice Carol, thanks! I have been influenced by so many great photographers here, including yourself!

      • I know the feeling…I’m really glad we all have each other. I see inspiration in your photos all the time my friend. πŸ™‚

  6. Lovely pictures of nature! I can’t even decide which one I like best. I’ve tried many times to photograph ladybugs but they can’t stop moving around.

  7. Great Photos πŸ™‚ but I don’t know that I would agree with May Sarton about the garden, but I always try to keep my glass half full rather than the opposite.

    • From year to year my garden changes. This summer the weather has been warm and humid with off and on afternoon showers…seems the gardens are really loving it. Unfortunately, so do the weeds!

  8. You sure must have a beautiful garden, Susan.
    Love all of these wonderful colors, and your image of the hydrangea is pure magic.
    Happy day to you!

  9. Very beautiful photos. Especially love the bokeh with the hydrangea and the bee in flight. Awesome πŸ™‚

  10. Your pictures take my breath away – EVERYTIME! We all have gardens but it takes a sensitive and artistic eye to create such wonderful work.

  11. These are so beautiful! And such fabulous detail. Thanks for the mention of Mary Sarton, I will be checking out her journal, too.

  12. This is such a satisfying group of images. Just beautiful – such variety, but still a unified feeling to it all. The final image is a perfect ending (I agree, reading May Sarton is a pleasant way to ground yourself!)

    • Thank you! Yes, this summer I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on by May Sarton. Currently reading “The House by the Sea” and loving it.

  13. Sooz…another of my favorite writers…May Sarton!
    Such beautiful pictures you have here…death as simply showing feathers on the ground…profound! That first flower looks almost hand-made! And the bee in flight…great job…

    • Thank you so much Sue! I’ve been on a May Sarton kick this summer. Just starting another one of her journals – “At Eighty Two”

  14. Wonderful, wonderful photos here. Just came over to say thanks for the like on my post “Purple Iris” and have been humbled by your brilliant pictures. MM πŸ€

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