On the Birchwood Garden Club summer members tour last Wednesday several of my gardening friends asked where my camera was. I wasn’t carrying my usual monster, tripod, and pack full of goodies. I reached in my pocket and pulled out my iPhone.
Sometimes it’s nice to wander around unencumbered by a big load, to be able to socialize with friends while enjoying a nice garden, and to play with the creative aspects of a camera that has certain limitations. In photo classes one of the standard assignments is to shoot a series with only one lens (zooms don’t count).
This was an evening tour and I was running late. I didn’t get to the first garden until about 6:30 and by the time we finished visiting the last garden it was 8:30 on an overcast evening. That was darn near dark, but the last garden made good use of light colored foliage to brighten up a couple of beds that probably looked their best in the evening instead of during the middle of the day.
We had fun, and I got to see a couple of gardens that were new to me. I’d like to go back to some of the gardens with my full toolkit, but it won’t be the same experience as it was on Wednesday night.