There is no garden without work!
Gardens do not simply happen; they are the result of our interventions, our planning and designs, our labour and maintenance and, though most will take the attitude that doing what you enjoy, what is your pastime and hobby, is not work in the usual sense of the word, it is undeniable that there is considerable effort expended in the creation and maintenance of any garden.
It can happen that we fall into the habit or trap or perpetual work in our gardens and not take the time to “stand and stare”. I find that camera-in-hand is my time of standing and staring, my time of enjoying the garden, my time of having the pleasure of doing nothing – a phrase I heard in an interview with a retired Italian who, when asked what he worked at, replied that his life was ” the sweetness of doing nothing -Il dolce far niente ” I thought it was a great occupation. This is what I did last evening, a beautiful calm, warm and bright evening, at that time of day which photographer call “the golden hour”, the soft light of late evening. It is a beautiful time to walk the garden.
There is so much to enjoy in our gardens for, if we have only one flower to admire, it is a marvel of nature, a marvel of design and beauty and a perfect pleasure to admire. Spending time in the garden also means that we notice the first shoot, the tip of a leaf, of a treasured plant. Two native orchids appeared yesterday – just the very tip of the first leaves – and it was such a thrill to see them, to have the reassurance that they have come through the winter and that they will grow away again this year.
The camera, photography, is my way of capturing these moments, of enjoying my garden, of having the pleasure of doing nothing.