{ Archive for the ‘garden photography’ Category }

Garden eye spy: Morning light

When is your favourite time to be in a garden? The sun-kissed afternoon? The late serene evening? I personally love the very early morning for one special reason; soft light. Everything looks more magical in those few precious hours before the world fully wakes and gives way to its inevitable hustle and bustle. A romantic quality lingers wherever the light touches.
Take this pretty blossom for example. Standing on its own off to the side of a garden path, it is probably overlooked most of the time. But in the gentle glow of morning it becomes illuminated, the centre of attention, the star of the walkway.

(Laura L. Benn is the Multi-brand Web Content Editor at TC Media. Follow her writing, photography and other creative ventures on her popular blog LLB {words + photos}  or via Twitter.)

Garden eye spy: Monarch butterfly

As I do my best to enjoy the final few days of summer and navigate through the inevitable change of seasons, I find myself exhilarated for the crisp, comforting colours of fall. While relaxing on a beach over the long weekend and allowing the sun to bake into my bones I was joined by the fluttering presence of a burnt orange butterfly — the regal Monarch.
I was delighted by my delicate friend and thought him a very fitting companion to send out the summer with and welcome in the autumn. After all, his colors are very fall-like indeed. What are you looking forward to this fall?

(Laura L. Benn is the Multi-brand Web Content Editor at TC Media. Follow her writing, photography and other creative ventures on her popular blog LLB {words + photos}  or via Twitter.)

Garden eye spy: Magical magenta

The composition of a flower is almost magical, but even more impressive is its vibrant colour. Take this beautiful blossom for example. It is completely and utterly natural. There is no dye involved in its beauty, no fabric interfering with its dressage. It just is.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all follow nature’s example a little more regularly in our own lives? Rather than be distracted by labels and fancy packaging, we should slow down and observe our own individual beauty for what it is — ours. What is your favourite colour in nature? I am definitely partial to this magenta tone!

(Laura L. Benn is the Multi-brand Web Content Editor at TC Media.  Follow her writing, photography and other creative ventures on her blog, LLB {words + photos} or via Twitter.)

Garden eye spy: Lovely lilies

Orange blooms are one of those things in nature that I am always immediately attracted to, which is curious really considering I pretty much ignore it in every other form. There is something about the rich burnt shade that captivates me. It is warm, strong, reassuring and strangely soothing all at once. So imagine my delight when July at last arrives and with it hundreds of gorgeous orange lilies.

Whenever I photograph a fabulous flower or plant I like to try and look at in a different way, as though I am seeing it for the very first time. This became especially true as I set about capturing an orange lily on camera, as they are seen everywhere and all too often classified as ‘ordinary.’ In my mind, however, orange lilies are like miniature sunsets, bursting with vibrant character. How can that possibly be ordinary?

{Laura L. Benn is the Multi-brand Web Content Editor at TC Media.  Follow her writing, photography and other creative ventures on her self-titled blog or via Twitter.}

Garden eye spy: Otherworldly beauty

Do you ever stop to admire a pretty bloom or interesting plant and find yourself almost in disbelief that such beauty is of this world? I often find myself thinking exactly that when I’m out and about viewing the world through my camera. It focuses your vision upon one tiny spot of life, forcing you to really see it in a way you may have never considered before.

Photo by Laura L. Benn

Take this evocative lilac-coloured flower for example. See how it seems to glow with an effervescent glory, flaunting its delicately poised petals without shame? I’m not sure how many times I’ve walked by it on my way home from work, but now that I’ve stopped to really appreciate its presence it seems almost too good to be true.  What plants have you discovered lately?

{Laura L. Benn is the Multi-brand Web Content Editor at TC Media.  Follow her writing, photography and other creative ventures on her blog, Acquired Taste or via Twitter.}

Garden eye spy: New perspectives


The great outdoors has always been a magical place for me personally. Ever since I was a little girl, immersed in storybooks of secret gardens and enchanted forests, I have adored spending time amidst pretty blooms, swaying boughs and luscious, thick grass, discovering a whole new world of tiny creatures and wondrous happenings.

That is why I am beyond thrilled to present today a new column here on the Canadian Gardening blog, entitled ‘Garden Eye Spy.’  Each week we will showcase a new photograph and a new perspective from which to view a garden space, once again capturing that childhood sense of wonder that so often becomes lost in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

This charming snail fellow caught my eye moseying his way around a flowerbed border, an adorable reminder that gardens are not meant for rushing around in, but rather meandering through with care. Who knew a snail could instill such spring garden inspiration? Have a wonderful long weekend everyone!

{Laura L. Benn is the Multi-brand Web Content Editor at TC Media.  Follow her writing, photography and other creative ventures on her blog, Acquired Taste or via Twitter.}

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