August 5th, 2011

Saturday night in Iowa

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It’s been a VERY busy, but very good summer. A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Seed Savers conference in Decorah to teach a garden photography workshop.

When I first got there, I walked around the display gardens. Really beautiful.
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On Saturday night, before dinner, I got to wander around Diane’s garden and spend time enjoying the light. While thinking about the things I would teach at the workshop, I saw a little garden detail which exemplified my favorite garden photo advice. Look at things from all sides.

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Shot from above, but the Love-In-A-Mist was distracting:
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Moved the camera lower, now the shot is more about the plants:
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Thought to myself, “what detail might the reader want from a photo like this?” The way it is woven?

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Or maybe what it looks like from the other side?

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Naturally, I got distracted by the same Love-in-a-mist that got in the way of my other shot, and gave it some time in the spotlight.

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It was a busy two days. In addition to the workshop, I photographed a feature and a department for 2012, and met a lot of really fun and interesting people. (And I’m not just saying that because Tom and Jess helped me do a photo shoot in a heat wave.) It’s too bad we couldn’t spend a week in Decorah. I’d like to go back and see the isolation gardens and spend more time with everyone.

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photo by Tom from Seed Savers

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Old seed packet stamps in the Seed Savers store.

Lastly, here’s a bit of exciting (to me, and I hope to you) news–this year our book division made a 2012 Organic Gardening planner, featuring my photography. We had a box of them sent out to the conference. (They even had them out with the actual author’s books for their book signing. Whoa.) The planner won’t be sold in stores, but I got the link to share with you (especially all of you readers who are related to me.)  Buy me, I’m pretty.

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Comments

    Love the the picture,hope you had a good trip

    These are amazing. I sure wish I had your eye. I think you got it from Mom.

    I love the fence…more details? What was it made from? Thanks!

    Lovely photos, Christa. Sorry I didn’t get to meet you, but I was busy snapping photos of you and all our workshop leaders in action (I’d have been in on your workshop if I hadn’t been responsible for taking documentary photos). I’m glad you could come and join us here at SSE for a short while! We hope you can come back and spend more time. Though every season here has its glory, the gardens are amazing in the later summer and early fall as well.

    Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos. Great advertisement for Seeds Savers, you should get a commission…free seeds?

    @Carla, I have more info on the fence for you, from Grant @ Seed Savers:
    “Great to hear of some interest in the willow fence – it was a blast to build and I’m happy to provide a few details.

    The woven-willow fence was built to replace an overgrown living-willow hedge that had been removed earlier in the year. To prevent any willow from taking root, the sails (the fixed upright poles stuck in the earth) are made of box elder. Willow was harvested from a marshy corner of Heritage Farm and woven through the box elder that afternoon.”
    –Christa

    @Bill–thanks so much! Sorry I didn’t get to meet you–I do need to come back. I can’t wait to see your documentary. –Christa

    @Carol–thank you so much, hey that’s a good idea, the free seeds ;) –Christa

    I finally found out what my mystery flowers are, thanks to your photos of “Love in a mist”. Is there another name for these wonderful flowers? Thankyou. You can e-mail me at lkbrueske@ hotmail.com

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