The wide shot is an angle that you don't see on many blogs, or at least you didn't until Xericstyle in San Antonio started encouraging bloggers to share their wide shots.
Why don't we bloggers publish wide shots? Well, for one thing it's hard to hide the garden hose and the dead plants we haven't cleared out yet. For another thing, it's difficult to tell what you're looking at. Green plants meld into one another and flowers look like little blobs of color from far away.
Still, the wide shot has it's merits. The wide shot gives you a better glimpse of the over all design, structure, and spacial relationships. The challenge of the wide shot is to do a thorough cleanup of the area, or forgive us readers, you shall have to see our dirty laundry.
Since I've never posted wide shots before, let's take the full tour. Driving down the street, it's pretty obvious that someone at this address likes to garden. But where's the house?
Gates open. Come on in.
The sunny garden to the right of the driveway is overgrown and out of control. I love it! It looks great from my kitchen window, but up close I can see a lot of work in my future pruning back all the annuals and woody perennials.
I know these are supposed to be wide shots, but I couldn't resist this one of the candlestick plant, Senna (Cassia) alata. The candlestick plant is one of the larval hosts to the cloudless sulphur butterfly. The plants were visited early in the season by the caterpillars. They munched them pretty good, but you'd never know it now.
Looking to the left side of the driveway, you can glimpse the house.
Oh, there it is! I knew there was a house there somewhere. When I get home, I feel I've reached an oasis. The sounds are peaceful. The wild birds are abundant. Our bird feeders, which can be glimpsed in this photo, sit in the middle of a wide open space in front of my kitchen window. The reason for the feeders location is two-fold. First, I can see the feeders perfectly from inside the house and second, the wide open space means the squirrels can't perform aerial dive bombing maneuvers from the trees.
I think the reason most bloggers steer away from wide shots is all the stuff and clutter that is part of life. My 4 gallon Ground to Ground buckets are drying on the cement driveway pad along with bricks staged for the completion of the garden wall. Our little used basketball hoop and rain water collection tank round out the less than attractive photograph subjects.
Ah, this is a much better perspective. Just a smidge to right and light on the zoom.
This wide shot is from the rear of the garden looking back at the house. The fire pit can be seen on the left. Way in the back, the storage shed, which looks over the vegetable garden, can barely be seen.
I hope you've enjoyed these wide shots and will visit Xericstyle for links to other bloggers who are posting their wide shots this month.