Challenge is the operative word this week.
“Jennifer’s Weekly Photo Challenge” inspires all sorts of weird and wonderful photos. Everyone who participates may interpret it in their own way, and Jennifer is unfailing gracious to all of us who participate.
I was particularly touched by the lengths to which Jennifer herself went last week to create an interesting photo for “Glow In The Dark.“
Just a wonderful bit of photo-wizardry. And I realized that she is putting tremendous effort into the little worlds she creates as her own entries.
But I play by my own set of rules for this challenge.
Since “Forest Garden” is about things green and growing, I prefer to meet Jennifer’s challenge with garden-themed photos.
And, I prefer to use fresh photos, taken within the last few days. No stale photos here, thank you very much!
But June is not a very good time of year for taking photos of “orange” in the garden.
Had Jennifer offered up her “orange” challenge in October, it would have been simpler.
But here is “orange” in the first week of June, before we even have decent day lilies to photograph!
So my partner and I went in search of “orange” this evening.
And we found such wildflowers as one dreams of in January- only in shades of plum and cream, yellow and pink.
I had hoped the Milkweed plants I had seen growing by the pond would be open in beautiful orange blossoms this evening.
But when we arrived, I realized the Asclepias was A. syriaca, not A. tuberosa as I had hoped.
That means these lovely flowers were pink, not orange.
The Monarchs are happy with either plant.
And so the search continued up and down the Colonial Parkway, and finally into the village at Yorktown.
He spotted the orange Oriental lilies growing in someone’s yard. I realized that was the closest we would get, and quickly snapped the photo.
Still, it felt a bit like cheating…
On the way back we stopped by Indian Field Creek, where there is a safe place to park beside the York River.
We had noticed Egrets there on the drive to Yorktown.
The Egrets have returned to Williamsburg, and we were delighted to spot several this evening, both flying and wading.
As I turned to leave, finally driven away from the beach by biting flies, there it was.
The perfect photo for Jennifer’s “Orange” challenge.
We had been spotting orange highway signs all evening. And I had refused to photograph them because they aren’t anything to do with gardens or wildlife.
But somehow, this one seemed OK, rising majestically from a sea of lovely Alliums and native grasses, here beside the York River.
All Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014