Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

The Daily Post now has a weekly photo challenge.  This week’s theme is Boundaries.

Dictionary.com defines a boundary as  “something that indicates bounds or limits.”  This sign, for instance:

It is posted at a boundary and it sets limits.  It’s one of several signs we posted a few years ago after waking some mornings to find strangers fishing our pond.  We had to set some sort of boundaries and limits because it was getting out of hand, with friends of friends of friends inviting other friends of friends of friends over to fish.  What made it worse was that some of those folks were not very conscientious about their trash, leaving it wherever they happened to be standing when they finished with whatever they were throwing away.

Since there are no rules regarding using a new photo (just in case — the first photo is a new one, taken after the challenge was posted), I also have some old photos with boundaries that I want to share.

These were taken at the Cleveland Botanical Garden one rainy day last May and are good examples of how boundaries are used in gardens.  (Click on any of the photos to see the slightly larger version.)

Of course the gardens here are much fancier than anything you’d ever see in my yard.  I’m too lazy when it comes to gardening to create anything this elaborate or nice.

That’s one of the reasons I enjoy visiting gardens.  It allows me to imagine all the wonderful things I would do if I could hire a team of people to come out to our property and turn it into a series of gardens, courtyards, terraces, and other landscape design marvels.  Maybe someone from HGTV will see this, think of Breezy Acres as a dream job or as a good challenge, and volunteer to come out and landscape the place.  (Added incentive:  I will gladly follow you around with my camera and blog about the wonderful transformation of our property.  I know you HGTV folks have your own cameras, but this might be something new, having an amateur photograph and blog about all the hard work you do.)

Then again, we’ve worked hard to maintain some naturalness to Breezy Acres, allowing meadows to grow as they will rather than mowing everything down, leaving downed trees where they fall in the woods so they can become nurse logs, and trying a number of natural things to cut back on the pond weed problem.   Seems a shame to turn it all into some kind of formal gardens.

Day 139:  Brrrr!!

The sun came out to play today!  It shined on the blowing snow, little glittery lights twirling through the air.  It was like being inside a snow globe.  Or how I imagine being inside a snow globe would be since I’ve never been inside of one.  The temperature has been dropping but, oh it’s so nice to see the sun.

(A Norway spruce, branches raised in joy at seeing the blue sky and sunshine.)

I have to admit that it looks prettier than the reality of being out there.  The wind is whipping in what seems to be every direction at once at times, causing snow dervishes when it can’t make up its mind and shooting the snow out horizontally when it chooses a direction.

(Snow blowing off the roof of the barn.)

I was so cold by the time I started making my way back to the house that I kept wishing for one of those cartoon Saint Bernards to come along, carrying a little barrel of brandy to warm me up.  It’s invigorating out there, to say the least.

The clump of ornamental grass pictured above is usually upright.  The wind decided to drive it towards the ground.  I often wonder how the birds manage to fly when the wind is as strong and contrary as it is today.

Speaking of birds, the male cardinal continues to tease me, showing up usually when I don’t have my camera handy and taking off as soon as I’m ready to take a shot of it.  Pfffft!!  I did catch the female cardinal in one of the nearby trees yesterday and have decided this is probably the best I’m going to do.  Not that I’m giving up, mind you.  I will keep trying.  I’d really like to catch him sitting in one of the spruce trees as his red really stands out against the dark green of the pine needles.

Today’s CD:  Dead Can Dance, Toward the Within.

Dead Can Dance is an Australian band formed in the 1980s.  I’m not sure how to describe their music.  A lot of people describe it as spiritual. Listen to Cantara, one of the songs from the CD I listened to today.  The music starts about 47 seconds into the video.

That’s about it from the Bogs for today.  I’ll leave you with a collage of views of the pond.

Thanks for visiting!

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25 Comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries”

  1. Pat Bean says:

    I simply love your photos Robin. Thanks for sharing.

  2. penpusherpen says:

    Love the collage Robin, and just listening to the link, they’re explaining their music at the mo, so I’m not dancing about yet, hence my typing’s not too bad… and nice try, hope the TV company sees your blog and offers to do your garden re-vamp for you.. 😉
    Love the look of the Cardinal, with the crest on the top of it’s head, looks like a bit like a ‘punk rocker’, but a sweet one … (music has started, and I wondered what on earth she was doing with her fingers, finger cymbals…what a wonderful sound, very other worldly almost Indian in origin maybe?)
    Love, too, the differing slant on many boundaries and their usage…xPenx

  3. Marianne says:

    Robin, the botanical garden photos are very pretty. It would be awesome to have a garden like that.

    Our weather is the same; sunny, but icy cold.
    Someone told me this week is the last of the very cold temps for the month. Hope they are right.

  4. People can be so rude! I’m sorry you have to post ugly signs around your beautiful pond.

    Brrrr… you can SEE how cold it is, despite the sunshine. Stay warm!

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Michaela. 🙂

      I don’t care for the signs. We could probably take them down now as it has been a while since a stranger has appeared at the pond, trashing things up.

  5. Anna says:

    That is a great shot with ‘Snow blowing off the roof of the barn.’ Brrr indeed and the wind! I bet it was a bit disconcerting to find strangers fishing your pond and boundaries surely had to be set. I love the 3rd garden photo… almost mystical. Lovely female cardinal. I haven’t yet been able to photograph the birds in our backyard.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Anna. 🙂

      Disconcerting is a good word for it. I think I would not have minded quite as much if it only happened on weekends, when M was here during the day. It bothered me more during the week, when I’m home alone (for the most part) all day. It made me self-conscious about going outside to work in the garden or float around the pond in the boat. Which was, now that I think about it, silly, since they were trespassing.

  6. Robin, that Cardinal is cute with it’s red/orange beak. The green gardens are so lovely to look at when I only see white outside my window. Nice photos.

  7. Great photos, Robin–especially the one of the female cardinal. The formal garden is lovely, but I like the wildness of your “garden” better, much better.

  8. Karma says:

    Cool idea with the pond collage. And I see we are both in pursuit of the male cardinal this winter too! Your female looks lovely.
    I bet it is warmer inside a snow globe than the temperatures today. No more 40’s around here – we are headed back to the deep freeze with you, and the wind has kicked up badly.
    I always think of this Pixar short when I think of snowglobes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HgG3pgR9gY
    (The quality of the video is poor but the only I could find)

  9. Marcie says:

    What a wonderful response to the challenge. Perfect!

  10. heartcomplex says:

    I like your photos you have inspired me to dig up some oldies but goodies i have and post them thank you for the inspiration!

  11. mindslam says:

    Really awesome pictures…Thanks for putting them up!


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