Bloom day scans

My monthly efforts with plants and a cheap scanner.

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Rainy weekend left time for indoor pursuits.

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Finally got my hands on some vintage scanners that do a decent job, for what I'm shooting for in scans. But I have to admit, I'm a little rusty in the scanning and photoshopping. Am looking forward to polishing my efforts. Meantime, I did get one of my scans published full page in the print edition of the Dutch magazine Eigen Huis & Interieur.

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Have I really neglected this blog since Labor Day?

Apologies. Life has been hectic. Plus I've been able to scratch my blogging itch some at work through the Cornell Horticulture blog. The little vacation from blogging here has made me start yearning for spring already and getting back to shooting photos and creating scans.

Following Les's lead at A Tidewater Garden, I figured I'd pull together a quick collection of favorites from the past year, drawing from both blogs. In most cases, you can click on images for a larger view.

New Year's cyclamen

With a corm nearly the size of my fist, this cyclamen reliably pumps out blossoms on the kitchen windowsill this time of year.  More manipulations of this scan.

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Valentine's Day scan

Cyclamen and begonia kaleidoscope. More manipulations here

cyclamen and pelargonium

 

Ephemerals

This is why I long for spring: The chance to get my knees muddy shooting little things. Hard to chose just one.

Below, an Eranthis -- a special variety though I don't know its name.

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Iris histrioides 'Katharine Hodgkin'

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Ephemerals scan nicely, too.

april scans

More ephemerals.

 

Daffodil season

Scan of daffodils, Leucojum and tulips the deer missed.

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Pulmonaria

This one pumps out the prettiest flowers. Good thing. It's leaves are butt-ugly.

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June scan

Kaleidoscope mosaic with Aruncus, among others.  Original scan. More manipulations.

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Allium bulgaricum

At least that's what John Scheepers is calling it these days. One of my favorites.

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Tools of the trade

Shot this at a weed control workshop at a field day for gardeners at Cornell's Thompson Vegetable Researcg Farm.  Read more.
Charles Mohler, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, demonstrated a wide range of weed control tools.

 

Sod sofa

Every fall, students in the Art of Horticulture class build a sod sofa on campus.  It's one of my favorite afternoons, as I get to shoot stills and usually make a time-lapse video.

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Art of Horticulture students lounge on the sod sofa they built.

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Labor Day scan

4-pane of my Labor Day scan. More manipulations.

september scan

 

Patrick Daugherty's Stickwork installation

One of the first posts I wrote on this blog was about how much fun I had helping 'Stickwork' sculptor Patrick Dougherty with his installation in Collegetown. He returned to campus in October for a series of events including a hands-on community build at the Ithaca Children's Garden. You can view a time-lapse video of the build below or view one of his talks, Stickwork: Primitive Ways in an Accelerated World.

 

Art of Horticulture final projects

What would I do without this class. My second favorite day of the school year (after sod sofa day) is when the students in this class present their final projects. I usually give a talk about digital art, and this semester I was so pumped that one of the students was inspired to try some manipulations. (You can view them here.)  You can also view most all of this year's (and previous years') projects at the Art of Horticulture gallery page.
Floral appliqé and wire bonsai sculpture

 

Also of interest ...

A couple of things I discovered as I was reviewing the year that I should have plugged here earlier:

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Had a little time to fiddle around today.

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Actually had these done a week ago. Just never found time to get them online. Still don't like the lack of depth of field with this particular scanner. Still looking for a solution. Love the pollen on the platen.

august bloom day scans

august bloom day scans

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august bloom day scans

august bloom day scans

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