The latest Gardening Gone Wild Photo Challenge involves motion of various sorts in the garden. The specific theme “Show the Motion” discusses how you can set out to use motion to enhance your normal photos in the garden. Following the judge’s suggestions I set out at dusk one evening to see if the camera, tripod and I could capture the fireflies that dance around the garden in the evening. One of the by-products of wandering around the hillside in the evening with a tripod is that you get a wonderful light on the flowers just as the sun is going down. The colors are exceptionally strong without being blown out as they would be in mid-day.
It turns out that the time period during which you can shoot with a long exposure, still get the garden elements, and let the fireflies dance is fairly limited — about 1/2 an hour. I tried various exposures, zoom levels, ISO’s, etc. but the difficulty is you can’t really see and appreciate the arcing tracks of the fireflies until you return to the computer. In the end it’s a very random thing as to whether the fireflies will actually choose to light up in sync with your camera, but it’s fun to try! For example here is a shot from the front rock garden in which you can see three streaks of golden light.
Another was on the hillside with clear arcs of color.
In the end my favorite shot of the night came on the side of the hill with the pasture as backdrop and the False Sunflowers in the foreground. This picture was taken in the near-dark and it’s only by the magic of digital photography that fireflies appear as golden streaks of fairy dust in what looks like daylight. This will be my submission for the GGW photo contest.
I also need to give some praise to the Luxor lilies which are flowering on six foot stems right now.
And I’m becoming a fan of the Walcroy Crocosmia which is an outstanding gold color to match the daylillies in the front yard.
I should mention in passing that this is harvest time for the garlic. I’ve strung several large bundles from the rafters in the garage.
And the blueberries are doing their annual thing. I always look at them in the spring thinking that there really aren’t very many blossoms and maybe it will be an off year. Then, come harvest time, the bushes yield abundantly and there are more to pick than we really have time for. Beth has made a couple of full-size blueberry tarts that have been delicious. It looks like we will be freezing berries again…