Picture This Photo Contest for August 2010

– Posted in: Garden Photography

We’re delighted to have a new judge joining us for this month’s Picture This, Allan Mandell. A year long expedition to Kyoto, Japan, launched Allan on a career photographing gardens professionally. Now living in Victoria BC, his time is shared between shooting, computing, and kayaking.  Although he continues to publish internationally, along with teaching workshop, his current direction is taking a decided shift toward photography as fine art. Here is a review of his latest show at Luz Gallery.

Allan has chosen the theme of  On The Road Again for this month’s contest. Here’s what he has to say:

“It’s August, we’re deep into the garden season, been working hard (whew!), and once more hearing the call to break away and hit the road again, our trusty cameras by our side.  And as we travel … to a neighboring town or state, or across the border into a different country … wouldn’t you know it, here we are back in a garden !

This is what I am looking for: that choice image you discovered when you were out there on unfamiliar ground with an open mind and open eyes, when you were far away from home or close to where you live. But you still sought out a garden, other than your own, to reveal the soul of the place you were in. Every culture on earth has a way of expressing its essence through a sacred spot, or garden. Maybe your farthest travels have been a few hour’s drive away, or maybe they have been long plane-flights away, no matter. Let me see the beauty you found when you were way out there, tuned into the universal language of the garden.  Let me see your treasures from the road.

sing it Willie  ~

“On the road again  –

Goin’ places that I’ve never been  –  seein’ things that I may never see again

And I can’t wait to get on the road again.”


1.  You must have an active blog in order to participate. To be eligible for judging, you need to give us both a direct link to the image and a link to the blog post that includes the image. Leave your links in a comment below.

PLEASE NOTE: if you leave us only 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.The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM Eastern time on Saturday, August 21, 2010.

For those of you who haven’t yet participated in the contest, this month is a great time to go for it.  Don’t sit on the sidelines observing. Jump in with an entry…and have a blast!

You can find a gallery of this month’s entries here. To check out the past themes, click on GGW Picture This Photo Contest.

Fran Sorin

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Randy August 1, 2010, 10:06 am

My entry is up for this month’s contest. 🙂 Here is the blog post and photo link. Good luck everyone, I look forward to the pictures!



Debi August 1, 2010, 3:02 pm

Ah, why not. This’ll be my first time. I’ve enjoyed the contest every month, seeing everyone’s entries. Time to throw my hat in the ring for grins!



Chookie August 2, 2010, 4:57 am

How funny; I hadn’t heard that song for years until this morning. We are in the middle of a Federal election campaign and the radio host played it because her political correspondent is “on the road again” with the Opposition Leader. I doubt they’ll be looking at many gardens!

Galeazza Gardener August 2, 2010, 9:11 am

Hello. If I’ve not done something I should do to enter this competition, please let me know. I’m just about illiterate on a technology (and for that matter photography) level – or maybe in computer and camera kindergarden…



beachcomber August 3, 2010, 1:12 am

Here goes….my first entry into one of your contests. I even had to set up a Flickr account that I’ve never used. Fingers crossed it all works.



Caroline/Shovel-Ready Garden August 3, 2010, 11:57 pm

Here’s my entry. You’d think I’d traveled to East Texas, but I shot this on a field trip to the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.

Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinehomerphotography/4089184565/

Blog: http://shovelreadygarden.blogspot.com/2010/08/gardening-gone-wild-photo-contest-for.html

Melissa August 7, 2010, 4:03 pm

Here’s my entry, taken on a trip to Charleston’s Battery Park residential area last spring. It’s the last image on this page: http://melissaclarkphotography.wordpress.com/other-images/

Here is a direct linkg to the image: http://melissaclarkphotography.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/34-meeting-street_charleston_500w.jpg

healingmagichands August 7, 2010, 6:06 pm

This was a very fun assignment, and I’m looking forward to viewing all the entries.

Here is mine: http://healingmagichands.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/dscf3611.jpg

This is the associated blog post: http://healingmagichands.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/picture-this-on-the-road/

Lois J. de Vries August 13, 2010, 12:18 pm

We’re just back from a trip to California, where we saw this great succulent sculpture at the Quail Botanical Garden.

Blog Post: http://loisdevries.blogspot.com/2010/08/succulent-garden-sculpture.html

Photo: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nUMfbxheuBI/TGVjCKd6ngI/AAAAAAAAA1s/YGxxJJyzSx0/s1600/Quail+Botanical+Garden72_7839.JPG

Jenny August 13, 2010, 10:46 pm
hannah August 15, 2010, 8:43 am

Hope everybody is having a happy summer.

My contribution to the August edition of “Picture This” is:


and the matching post is:


Thank you so much for this inspiring contest.

Natalie August 16, 2010, 11:02 am

Wind turbines are a bit like marmite – love them / hate them. My contribution to the August competition is Windturbines Looking To York.

The post is: http://naturalicious.co.uk/2010/08/16/the-garden-and-beyond/

and the photo URL is: http://natalieskitchen.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/turbines-towards-york.jpg?w=300&h=225

joco August 17, 2010, 9:29 am

Not very serious this time, and no grouching either 🙂

My page is HERE

My picture is HERE

Maria von Brincken August 19, 2010, 7:44 am

Thanks to you. I’ve published many photos with the theme of “treasures from the road”. I’m including this one because it’s so “off-road”! the post is: http://www.mariavonbrincken.com/blog/?p=775 and the photo URL is: http://www.mariavonbrincken.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/131-c-wl-deep-woods-beauty-440×266.jpg

Les August 20, 2010, 12:22 pm

Thanks for this contest, I love the theme. Here is my blog post about The High Line in New York:


… and here is the direct link:


Mr. McGregor's Daughter August 20, 2010, 4:58 pm
John August 20, 2010, 11:25 pm

Glad to participate in the contest. I’ve taken a shot from one of my favorite gardens.
Image is here
and blog is here

cameron (Defining Your Home) August 21, 2010, 7:53 am

I decided to use a photo from my favorite garden — Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France taken during my visit in May 2009. It was a cloudy day, but still, I love the Impressionist look.

Thanks for having the contest again!

Link to image

Link to blog

Brooke - Creative Country Mom August 21, 2010, 8:12 am

Hello all, today is the last day but I made it!

Here is my post….

And here is the photo…

All of the entrys are so pretty, thanks so much…Brooke

VP August 21, 2010, 8:26 am

Phew! Made it just in time 🙂 Here’s my blog post:


and the picture link:


There’s some fantastic images in the gallery!

Heather's Garden August 22, 2010, 12:18 am

Ugh, completely lost track of the date until just now. Good luck everyone.

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