Picture This Contest-April 2010

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We’re delighted that Rob Cardillo who has been a judge for Picture This last summer,  is back at the helm this month for April.  Although most of you already are familiar with Rob’s work, if you’re not, take the time to check out his newly redesigned website: it’s worth the time.  Rob is a much sought after photographer whose work has graced  too many publications to list.

Rob has chosen Green World as the theme for this month’s contest. Here’s what he has to say:

“Green is the signature color of plant life. It indicates photosynthesis, a confectionery miracle that spins sunlight into sugar to benefit the entire animal kingdom.  In the garden, green is inescapable. It’s our trees and lawns and most of our herbaceous plants when they’re not in flower.  But because green is so ubiquitous, it often ends up as a back drop in our pictures — a pleasant and behaved foil to the more operatic colors of the spectrum.

So in honor of St. Patrick, let’s bring green to the foreground this month.  I’m looking for images where the color green steps up and takes the spotlight for a change.  And let’s be ecumenical by celebrating green’s infinite range of personalities. That means we’ll include bluish, yellowish, grayish, golden and silvery greens in the mix. You can enter landscapes, flowers, foliage, bark, buds, berries, fruits and even green roots if you got ’em.”


1.  You must have an active blog in order to participate. We love that you send us a link to the blog post that includes your photo. To be eligible for judging, you also need to send us a direct link to the image.

PLEASE NOTE: if you send us a link to your post with a notation telling us where the photo is within the post, your entry will not be admitted into the contest.

2. Your photo must be able to be copied from your site. That makes it possible for us to collect all the entries in one place for easier judging.

3. Entered photos should be approximately 500 pixels on the long side. (If you’re using Microsoft Office Picture Manager to resize your images, there is a pre-set resize option for “Web – Large”  which comes in at 640 x 480. That would work just fine.)
4. The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm Eastern time on Wednesday, April 21, 2010.
For those of you who haven’t yet thrown your hat into the ring, go for it this month! The photos that have been compiled over the past 11 months since we started Picture This have become an informal gallery of  gardening subjects (they just happen to be inspirational.)  If you haven’t yet done so,  check them out at GGW Picture This Photo Contest.
Fran Sorin

Fran is the author of the highly-acclaimed book, Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening, which Andrew Weil, M.D., recommends as "a profound and inspiring book."  

A graduate of the University of Chicago with Honors in Psychology, she is also a gardening and creativity expert, coach, inspirational speaker, CBS radio news gardening correspondent, and Huffington Post Contributor.

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Nancy Bond April 1, 2010, 8:50 am

Sounds like an interesting challenge!

Debi April 1, 2010, 3:00 pm

Maybe I’ll try this. Sounds like fun….and a challenge!

Christine April 2, 2010, 12:59 pm
ESP April 3, 2010, 10:37 pm


Image only:

Look forward to seeing this months entries. Here is the Patch’s “green” offering.

Pam April 9, 2010, 11:35 pm

Post: http://talesfromthelaboratory.typepad.com/tales_from_the_microbial_/2010/04/giant-allium.html

(I’m not sure how to save this as a jpg…rather, a web accessible jpg. I must be overlooking something.)

Nancy Bond April 11, 2010, 3:53 pm

My entry for this month’s contest can be found here:

Photo Only: http://tinyurl.com/y39m4b5

Blog Post: http://wp.me/p2bM3-1ga

I look forward to viewing everyone’s entries!

I don’t know why but your photo won’t upload. It continues to say that it can’t upload ‘bmp’ but ‘jpg’ is needed. Hope you can fix it! fran

healingmagichands April 12, 2010, 1:21 pm

As usual, your assignments have given me a reason to wander about the garden, camera in hand, looking for images. this was a good thing this week, due to the problems my sciatic nerve was giving me. I needed an excuse to just wander around and look without actually weeding or any other sort of “Work” (that nasty four letter word).

Here is my post:

This is the direct link to the photo I ultimately decided to enter in the contest.

Thanks for the inspiration!

marmee April 12, 2010, 9:55 pm
Town Mouse April 14, 2010, 10:25 am
Heather's Garden April 14, 2010, 11:23 pm

As usual I was torn between two photos, but ended up going with a shot of a cinnamon fern fiddle-head from last summer. Spring is ahead of schedule this year, but not quite this far along!

Post: http://heathersgarden.typepad.com/heathers_garden/2010/04/ggws-picture-this-contest-green-world.html

Photo: http://heathersgarden.typepad.com/.a/6a00e0097e58bd88330133ecb25186970b-popup

Byddi Lee - We didn't come here for the grass! April 15, 2010, 12:01 am

Here is the image location http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_QBTFK2PRKdM/S8aMNQL2WWI/AAAAAAAAAUQ/eDR63-QM7Gw/s400/PeasInMyHeart.JPG

on our blog “We didn’t come her for the grass!” http://byddi.blogspot.com/2010/04/picture-this-contest-april-2010.html.

Thanks for this fun contest!

Byddi Lee

joco April 17, 2010, 12:05 pm

My “green world” photo is at:


The corresponding post is at


Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity to share our images.

Melissa April 17, 2010, 8:26 pm

Here is the link for my entry this month: http://melissaclarkphotography.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/ladys-mantle-and-ferns_450w.jpg

The post is on my “Other Images” page on my blog at http://melissaclarkphotography.wordpress.com/other-images/

I love seeing all the other entries!

Swimray April 17, 2010, 8:50 pm

It was a tossup, but after advice from a few readers, went with the green viburnum buds. Photo at:

Blog post at:

Les April 18, 2010, 10:44 pm

I narrowed it to three and finally decided to select the last picture in this post:


Here is a direct link to the photo:


Thanks for your consideration.

Melody April 19, 2010, 1:14 pm
Nancy Bond April 19, 2010, 1:41 pm

Hi Fran — try this direct link. Perhaps it’s the WP short link it doesn’t like:


It is posted as a .jpg so I’m not sure what’s going on there. I hope this does the trick. I’ll check back.

herman and yvonne April 20, 2010, 6:42 am

In http://soekershof.typepad.com (Green Cathedral of South Africa) you will find somewhere the picture of the oldest cactus of South Africa; Pachycereus weberii, Anno 1910.

Green Cathedral of South Africa is the alias (pinched from a media publication about our garden) of Soekershof; Private Mazes & Botanical Gardens in South Africa.

Sorry….cannot accept entry unless you give us a direct link.

Linda/patchwork April 20, 2010, 12:14 pm
Kimberly April 20, 2010, 8:19 pm

Lots of macro shots.. I wanted to showcase something different. This is a shot of some gorgeous foliage at Powerscourt Gardens in Ireland. Even the stones the water is flowing over are green with moss!

Blog post: http://www.barefootgardening.com/?p=93

500×375 invidividual image: http://www.barefootgardening.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/powerscourt500.jpg

Ginger April 21, 2010, 12:10 am

I’ve never entered before, but always admire the entries! Got to start sometime.
Here is my photo (of Christmas fern unfurling): http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_yU6kNAWVfUg/S855VdyJX_I/AAAAAAAABq0/is8ioSPBCaA/s1600/IMG_0999-2.JPG

And the post it’s mentioned in: http://lawofthelandblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/just-rosy.html


Herman and Yvonne April 21, 2010, 2:13 am

Centenary cactus of South Africa: http://soekershof.typepad.com/the-green-cathedral/2010/01/centenary-cactus-in-south-africa-and-wrapping-up-2009-httpowlyrehh.html
It’s a Pachycereus weberii Anno 1910
Planted by South African cactus pioneer Marthinus Malherbe.

carolyn April 21, 2010, 7:44 am

Room for one more? Here’s my entry for April’s theme on green :




m. heart April 21, 2010, 10:44 am

Green salad greens! Submitting the top shot, of last spring’s rows…

I hope it’s ok this photo is from last spring. Things are only beginning to green up in the hills where I live.

John April 21, 2010, 11:01 am

Hi there, I’m happy to join in for this month’s contest.
Direct image http://wp.macfusion.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Narcissus-Arguros-green1.jpg
And an accompanying post http://macgardens.org/?p=1649

Jean at Dig, Grow, Compost, Blog April 21, 2010, 12:27 pm

What a beautiful collection of photos and interpretations.
Here’s my image: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_52EfShhQ-bY/S88gYWXp3QI/AAAAAAAAB3c/OcXfKTu6164/s1600/Hosta+GGW+entry.jpg

And here’s my post containing that image: http://tinyurl.com/y2l39ut

Brandon April 21, 2010, 1:40 pm

Here’s my first-ever entry!

Post: http://www.brandonmoeller.com/blog/2010/04/12/week-four/

500-pixel original photo for judging: http://www.brandonmoeller.com/101_0705_500.jpg


Janet April 21, 2010, 2:48 pm
Daricia April 21, 2010, 3:02 pm

I’ve never entered a photo contest before, but I loved this photo so I’m glad it fit so well with the Green World theme!

Green World photo: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_V_DfISXEoR0/S88FP_2LUxI/AAAAAAAAAzM/mHRRAxrBLPI/s1600/IMG_1970.JPG

Blog post: http://acharlottegarden.blogspot.com/2010/04/green-world-at-catawba-wildflower-glen.html

Kari Lonning April 21, 2010, 3:30 pm

What a hard choice and wonderful theme.

Photo: http://bit.ly/bMhYyc
Blog: http://bit.ly/a0Tww3

Craig @ Ellis Hollow April 21, 2010, 7:03 pm

Post is here: http://remarc.com/craig/?p=952

Image is here: http://ellishollow.remarc.com/images/woodruff_polygonatum4x600.jpg

Most challenging ‘Picture This’ challenge to date.

Jan (ThanksFor2Day) April 21, 2010, 10:24 pm

Here’s my direct link to the photo:


…and the link to the blog post, “The Multi-Hued Greens of Spring”:


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