Other Images

Here you will find favorite photos I’ve taken here and there that may not fit into a particular blog post but which I want to share.

January 2010

First, here is a winter photo which I’m entering in this month’s Gardening Gone Wild blog photo contest. Taken at the National Arboretum last winter, it caught my eye because of the contrast between the fluffy flower heads of the winter grasses and the brilliant red winterberry shrub behind them. A great combination for both designer and photographer!

winterberry, winter grasses, Ilex verticillata

February 1, 2010
Today I took a road trip with some colleagues at my company, to visit a new (to us) wholesale plant supplier in central PA. A post will probably follow sooner or later, but in the meantime here is a hellebore photograph I couldn’t wait to share. Thanks to Terry for the great tour!

Helleborus orientalis, Quality Greenhouses & Perennial Farm

Helleborus orientalis

March 7, 2010

This month’s photo contest at Gardening Gone Wild has as its theme ‘Awakening.’ As the snow finally starts to melt here, it’s inspiring to come across late winter blooms. Here’s my entry, an image of Hamamelis ‘Jelena’ in bloom at Brookside Gardens this time last year. It’s also part of my post on ‘Inspiration at the Arboretum.’

Hamamelis x intermedia 'Jelena' in bloom at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD

April 2010

Time for another entry for Gardening Gone Wild’s monthly photo contest; this time the theme is “Green World.”

Last year I spent months photographing a client’s very large garden for a photo book. It’s a beautiful garden with a brook running through it and almost every kind of tree, shrub and perennial imaginable. But one of my absolutely favorite photographs turned out to be this shot, of Lady’s mantle and ferns. It’s in a post called “Worth Quoting,” but here it is again as my entry for GGW’s contest this month.

Lady's mantle and ferns © Melissa Clark Photography

June 2010

Skipped last month’s Gardening Gone wild photo contest but here’s my entry for June’s challenge to post your “best frame ever.” The truth is, I was hard pressed to pick one, because I can always find something I would improve about any image I’ve taken. But here is a photo I took a couple of years ago of a lavender dahlia, at dawn with dew still on it, at a county “dahlia trial garden” out in the middle of nowhere. It made me fall in love with these flowers and is still one of my favorites.

Lavender Dahlia at Dawn © Melissa Clark Photography

August 2010

This month’s Gardening Gone Wild photo contest has as its theme “On the Road Again” – gardens glimpsed, unexpectedly, while away from home. Here’s my entry, which was originally part of a post entitled “Less Becomes More.” The image is called “34 Meeting Street.” It’s a garden half-glimpsed, half-imagined while in Charleston’s Battery Park area last spring, just as a dogwood was leafing out above a high wall.

Charleston gardens

34 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC

22 Comments on “Other Images”


  1. That is a great combination of plants. I keep seeing these gorgeous dried grasses in winter vignettes. The berries, though, make the shot.


  2. I’ll bet the birds love your place, with all those seeds and berries to eat. Just as our eyes love the beauty you have spread for us.

  3. Teresa O Says:

    Gorgeous colors from cream to red to the turquoise blue background. Good luck in the contest.

  4. sequoiagardens Says:

    An interesting shot made more so by the elongated crop! ood luck for the competition! Jack

  5. Melody Says:

    Great contrast of color and texture! I need to plant some berry bushes with my grasses. Good luck with the contest:)


  6. I love the texture and contrast. Beautiful shot!

    • Melissa Says:

      Thanks to everyone for the positive feedback. As I recently said to a friend, I’d rather photograph gardens than design them – and I love doing both!


  7. A gorgeous shot…the contrasting shades and textures are beautifully composed and very eye appealing!


  8. Very nice contrast of colour and texture, and I like the horizontal crop.

  9. Jean Says:

    Lovely photo. Great contrasts. I’ve been wanting a winterberry for my bird friends.

  10. MacGardens Says:

    Great image! Well I looked at your picture and admired it even before I saw who it was posted by. I’ve noticed your work before through a contact at the North Bethesda Camera Club. You have a really nice feeling for both photography and horticulture. I have a feeling I’ll be back to your website again…

  11. John Says:

    Wonderful combo of greens. Of course Lady’s Mantle requires water before shooting any pictures :)

    • Melissa Says:

      Glad you like it. Actually, the water on the plants are really dewdrops (lol)- it was incredibly early in the morning at a client’s house that I was shooting for a book, and I was so loaded down with camera gear I couldn’t have carried a mister if I’ve wanted to!


  12. That dogwood shot makes me want to walk around the corner and see what else is behind there. Nice.

    • Melissa Says:

      Thanks. I would have loved to, myself, were it not for the fact that the entire garden is enclosed by very high walls with no way to see through to anything unless you are invited it – unlike other Charleston gardens, like the one in your post taken in Sevilla, where you can at least get a glimpse. I love your Chihuly shot!


  13. I really like your August GGW entry. The spring green of the baby leaves contrasting with the brown-gray stones, the angular branches, the geometric pattern of the stone wall: picture perfect! Good luck in the contest.

    • Melissa Says:

      Caroline, I’m especialy flattered by your comment since yours is the one that most quickly caught my eye among the entries. I think this is one of the most interesting themes GGW has chosen for a photo contest. Best of luck to you!

  14. John Says:

    Wonderful image, as usual. I remember seeing that one in your “Less becomes More” posting. I certainly understand why you singled it out. Sometimes the challenge is just seeing what already in front of you…

  15. Diana Says:

    Beautiful composition. I love the lines created, juxtaposed… a fine piece!


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