The Creatures in the Garden

There is a lot of activity in the garden these days. Aside from the growing plants, a myriad of creatures go their busy ways. Squirrels, raccoons, lizards, many kinds of birds and butterflies, bees and dragonflies appear on a daily basis. Unfortunately, we have seen a few deer here as well, for the first time since we moved in.

I am not patient enough, nor is my camera swift enough, to capture photos of the dragonflies or the Northern alligator lizards, but I did manage to take a few shots of a butterfly who stopped by to visit the tiger lilies. The presence of all these creatures in my garden inspired me to make a print, using the techniques of collagraph and embossing.

The print is shown below. The four corners feature a bee, a dragonfly, a crow and a lizard. Unfortunately, the embossed rose at the centre of the print did not show up well, hard as I tried to light it and photograph it. Finally, I found that a black and white version of the photograph showed the embossing more clearly. I know my readers have the imagination to put the two images together to form a complete picture!

Rose and Creatures Print

“The Creatures in the Garden”, collagraph and embossing, approx. 11″ x 12″