Monday, January 24, 2011

Gardening Gone Wild Photo Contest Entry

Over at Gardening Gone Wild, the photo contest theme for the month is "Macro in a Mason Jar". It looked interesting, so I tried my hand at it.

I told you about it here and showed you my pics here.

I have decided to enter this one:

(Take a look at the larger image here)

It looks almost like a watercolor, and it is hard to tell if it was taken on land or in the sea. I like it for its softness, its mystery, and its ethereal qualities.

If you haven't guessed, it is garlic skins. I fluffed them up a bit and arranged them just so in the bottom of a quart jar. I originally used a pint sized jar, but my camera had a hard time focusing too close (I am over 40 now and can empathize with my poor camera! ;) Then the jar was set on a mirror, which probably added the swirly pastel watercolor look around the skins; I used the natural light from a nearby window and was pleased with the soft lighting.

If you have a minute, click on over to their site and take a look at the other great entries. I always enjoy looking at what others have created.

Have a great day and I'll see you again tomorrow :)


  1. I thought it was garlic skins. That amazing! You have a talented eye!!!

  2. This picture is so cool! You are pretty amazing with a camera!

  3. Awww! Thanks you two! I appreciate the encouragement :)

  4. I love shooting macro.
    The beauty is in the details! :)

  5. at first glance i thought your garlic skins were orchids! nicely done.
    andrea @grwhryrpltd

  6. Very nice, and very creative! Good luck!

  7. Stephanie - I like macros too. I like seeing things up close, where I can appreciate them better. :)

    grwhryrpltd - Thank you! I took a look at yours too. Sorry about your jar! But your pic is stunning anyway :)

    Aerie-el - Thank you! The same to you! I enjoyed looking at and reading about your pic. *That* was creative! :)

  8. Garlic peel!?!
    I would never have thought of that.
    So clever.... and nice.

    Love it!


  9. Annelie - Thanks! :) I love yours too! I love how the sunshine looks "wavy" because of the mason jar, and the pastel colors of the flower and the coloring of the jar blend so well. The snow is a perfect addition to it all and finishes the composition well. Very nice! :)