Picture This Photo Contest for June 2010

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For this month’s Picture This photo contest, we’re thrilled  to have a returning  judge whose last stint was a huge hit. Joshua McCullough is the creator of PhytoPhoto, a specialist collection of expertly identified botanical, horticultural and environmental photos; images supplied to a wide variety of print mediums. His work is outstanding: it’s worth your time to check it out.

“I spent a fair bit of time mulling over how to use this opportunity to begin the new round of photo contests. It is quite an honor to be able to select a theme and view the excellent submissions of this deservedly popular part of GGW for the second time and I wanted a theme that would do justice to the time and effort I know everyone puts into their submission. Something interesting, something easily conceptualized and yet completely individual in potential interpretation. Something grand, no… something epic.

I was not short of ideas, but only one kept percolating back to the top of the list each time I found myself with a moment. It was the one, but how to introduce it. It was just too much, too big, such a challenge that even considering how to propose such a thing left me uncertain, as if I would be asking too much. Would I be willing to make judgement even for myself to such a standard?

And then it came like an epiphany, easy and clear. We are all learning and growing and marking our progress each day, each moment, with the aspiration to be more aware, more knowledgeable, more fulfilled. And there is no way to still that understanding to one moment in time, one frame. The way we see that frame changes as our perspective does. And what a great thing to be able to look back on that past frame, or out into the world as our current perspective leads us and judge that for what it is now to us at this moment. And that is what I ask of you for this months contest, to give me your best ever. That’s right, the BEST FRAME YOU HAVE EVER CREATED. Your favorite. The one that means the most to you, that conveys what skill you had to bring to bear at its creation and now as you ascertain what it expresses. Your BEST EVER!

In keeping with the GGW scope (and I suspect most of our interests) I ask that it remain garden or plant related. No people portraits or cityscapes. And I will not be able to read the stories behind each image. The image itself has to stand on its own.

I hope that no one will be intimidated by such a grandiose challenge. Even if tomorrow you make a better image or if you come to look with disdain at this selection in the future you will have already won the greatest contest for yourself, to have questioned everything and answered that for yourself, here, now, at that moment. And though I will select my winners for all our enjoyment and gratification this is about you and your photos. Please share your best with us.”


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 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. 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 Easter time on Monday, June  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!

All of the prior entries from Picture This contests for the past 14 months are compiled as an informal gallery of gardening subjects. They are very fine photos, several inspirational. To check it out, click on:  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.

Learn more about Fran and get free resources that will help you improve your life at www.fransorin.com.

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Nancy Bond June 1, 2010, 10:18 am

Wow, what a challenge! This will surely take some thought. 🙂

Cameron (Defining Your Home) June 1, 2010, 8:12 pm

While I have thousands of photos of gardens and flowers, it is a photo of a Monarch caterpillar that I love the most.

Seeing Monarchs in my garden is the highlight of my summer. Witnessing the metamorphosis is truly amazing.


My photo location:

Blog story:

carolyn June 2, 2010, 3:26 pm

Wildflowers have always captured my heart and I’m entering my photo here :


Jill-O June 3, 2010, 10:37 pm

You can find my photo here: http://jellyfishbay.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/ggw-june-photo.jpg

and my blog posting at: http://jellyfishbay.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/photo-favorites/

I’m having 2nd, 3rd and 4th thoughts, so I’d better post this before I change my mind.

Celeste Pinheiro June 4, 2010, 1:55 pm

I’m sorry I dont’ know how to check the pixel size…

This is a favorite pic because it was all about being in the right place at the right time and not killing myself getting the photo–I was standing on tiptoe on my chopping block craning over.


blog post



Jo June 5, 2010, 9:03 am

In my comment above (#4), if the direct link isn’t the correct one for the picture, please click on the following: http://picasaweb.google.com/GardeningJo/DigginAround02?authkey=Gv1sRgCJfGqMWDvNWwEg#5478341415230507554

Thanks so much and sorry for any inconvenience!

ESP June 6, 2010, 7:42 pm

Anoles are the funniest, serious creatures in my garden…I have to pay them homage with this entry:

Image Only: http://www.eastsidepatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Anole-Polychrotidae_500x-copy.jpg

Post: http://www.eastsidepatch.com/2010/06/11063/

keewee June 7, 2010, 12:18 pm
healingmagichands June 7, 2010, 5:23 pm

Well, this was a very challenging assignment for me. I have several favorites, all for different reasons, of course. But I finally decided on this one. It tells a story, it has an element of humor, and I had to work to get the shot.


The blog post is here:


Josh June 8, 2010, 4:40 pm

Excellent, thanks for the entries so far! I can’t wait to see all of the rest of the best.

the inadvertent farmer June 9, 2010, 4:08 pm

Oh my goodness…let’s see what I can find! Kim

Katina June 10, 2010, 8:40 pm

Finally joining in the contest! Hope I got everything resized properly (I told it 600 pixels on the long side)

Direct photo link: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_8KieK5usSDQ/TBGEyC89HEI/AAAAAAAAEtc/zYHzyL_90nY/s1600/Flowers-070408-comp.jpg

Blog post: http://gardeninginaustin.blogspot.com/2010/06/gardening-gone-wild-photo-contest.html

Lynn June 12, 2010, 10:40 am

This is a direct link to my photo

This is a link to my blog posting with the picture in it

Kimberly June 14, 2010, 8:31 pm

This is an intimidating theme! However, my favorite plant photo I’ve ever taken is of saucer magnolias at their peak. Blog post here: http://www.barefootgardening.com/?p=185

Photo here: http://www.barefootgardening.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/saucer-magnolias.jpg

Diana June 19, 2010, 11:49 am

Even after several years, this is still one of my favourite photos, a composition that also represents transforming our field into something we love.

Photo: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/__ylK_u9px9s/TBrD0XcLLyI/AAAAAAAACmE/rTpYV_lg–M/s1600/GGWJune2010.JPG

Blog Post: http://voiceinthegarden.blogspot.com/2010/06/ggw-picture-this-photo-contest.html

John June 19, 2010, 3:44 pm

Well, this was indeed a challenging assignment. But it was fun looking back through my photos again. Here is the Photo Link:
And the Blog Posting:

joco June 19, 2010, 7:11 pm

Taken nine years ago today and still firmly imprinted on my mind: representing my personal epiphany. Probably of little interest to others, but this is supposed to be between ourselves and our photography.

Picture is here:

Post is here:

Melissa June 20, 2010, 9:43 am

One of my favorites still although taken about three years ago on a hot, muggy morning at the crack of dawn.

Photo is here: http://melissaclarkphotography.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/lavender-dahlia_500w.jpg

Post is here:

Kylee from Our Little Acre June 20, 2010, 10:03 am

This was a tough one for me to decide which photo to enter! I suppose that’s a good thing, but you know what made it so hard? Not necessarily the photo itself, but all the “other stuff” that’s attached to a photo that you don’t see. In your mind’s eye, you remember the big picture – everything you saw that’s outside the frame. And you remember the emotions that accompanied the taking of the photo. Know what I mean?

In any case, here’s my entry – a beautiful visitor to Our Little Acre one day last summer, a Red-Spotted Purple butterfly.

Photo: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v31/kbaumle/Butterflies/redspottedpurple_7_16_09_aggw.jpg

Blog post: http://ourlittleacre.blogspot.com/2010/06/picture-this-photo-contest-june-2010.html

muhammad khabbab June 20, 2010, 11:33 am

This is my first time entering this contest. I am amazed at these beautiful photos which other bloggers have posted.

Photo: http://lh5.ggpht.com/_-sGI9x6QLmo/S-RdJVpL9NI/AAAAAAAAFjI/RjjZJlmzq_k/s400/IMG_4212.jpg

Blog post: http://www.lahoregardening.com/2010/05/macro-monday-more-butterflies.html

Melody June 20, 2010, 12:07 pm

I think this theme has been the most challenging yet! 🙂

Here is just the picture:

And the blog post:

Nancy Bond June 20, 2010, 1:37 pm

Some amazing entries, as always! It was very difficult to choose one photo only to enter. Good luck to all!

My photo only: http://nancybond.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/ggw_june_contest.jpg

Accompanying post: http://nancybond.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/ggws-june-picture-this-photo-contest-entry/

Hannah June 20, 2010, 1:44 pm

Addresses are:

for the post

for the image

Just noticed that in April the judge gave me a mention and you published the picture. How kind.

Josh June 20, 2010, 1:56 pm

Enjoying all the images, thanks for taking up the challenge! It is amazing to see equal numbers of photographers either agonize over which image to select or know immediately which image. Lovely! Keep them coming in.

forest June 20, 2010, 2:20 pm

Favorite? Best? They seemed to be such different things, since my favorite photos have emotional connection. I can’t say that any of my photos are “epic,” so I just chose a favorite, on one of my favorite plants: Lavandula x intermedia ‘Grosso’.

Photo: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ptQWU30GGKM/TB40E-UOdHI/AAAAAAAAC6U/jg1NHJwk-wY/s1600/beegrosso.JPG

Blog post: http://casaconiglio.blogspot.com/2010/06/favorite.html

Rosie@leavesnbloom June 20, 2010, 5:11 pm

Mine had to be one I’d taken this month.

The blog post it is contained in is here

and the direct link to the photo is

Jackie June 20, 2010, 8:42 pm

First time I’ve entered this contest. Beautiful photos that you’ve all submitted.

My photo is here:


The post is here:

Les June 20, 2010, 9:19 pm

I could not pick an absolute favorite, but was able to show one of several. The photo was taken last November and is of a place I love. It speaks to me about different levels of permanence and change: the land, the age of a tree and the comparatively brief life of a dog.

Here is the photo:

… and here is the original post:

Thank You!

Desiree June 21, 2010, 2:19 am

I love “Picture This!” I learn so much. Great photos again! Thanks…

Here’s my blog post:


And a direct link to my image:


Mr. McGregor's Daughter June 21, 2010, 11:31 am

It was so hard to choose. I finally gave up and picked one. I’m sure I’ll change my mind, which is why I waited until the last minute, so I won’t be able to do anything about it.
Here’s the post:
Here’s the image:

Teresa O June 21, 2010, 12:48 pm

This is my first time entering the GGW’s monthly photo contest. I think I chose a tough one. Here I go!
Direct Link to Image: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_YpQ5ly2UFbc/TB-Lp9Nu7LI/AAAAAAAAAvs/pAiu41jS8T4/s1600/Copy+of+Free+Fairy+5.24.10.JPG

Link to Blog Post: http://thecottageonthecorner.blogspot.com/2010/06/favorite-garden-photo.html

Whewww…sure hope I did this right.

Meredith/Great Stems June 21, 2010, 4:12 pm

Josh presented us with quite a challenge this month, and while it was tough for so many of us to pick a photo, I love the fact that the challenge required us to really put a lot of thought into our selection. Here’s mine:

Link to blog post: http://www.greatstems.com/2010/06/one-moment-in-time.html

Link to photo itself:

Thanks, Josh!

brendasue watson June 21, 2010, 7:06 pm

My blog site:
My Photo at picasa:

Title: Rambo Mating in the Garden
by: brendasue

I hope I did this right!

brendasue watson June 21, 2010, 7:10 pm

Above is my website

Caroline June 21, 2010, 7:58 pm

Sorry, but I couldn’t participate in this contest. I have yet to take my Best Frame! Good luck to all the participants. 🙂

Madblooms June 21, 2010, 9:17 pm

This is my first entry! What a great theme!
I took this Passion Flower photo at Wildseed Farms in Fredricksburg, TX.

This is my blog site:

And this is my photo link:

Heather's Garden June 21, 2010, 10:19 pm

I’m not at all sure I picked the right photo, but I’m tired of thinking about it and I know my husband’s tired of me asking him about it!

My post: http://heathersgarden.typepad.com/heathers_garden/2010/06/ggws-picture-this-photo-contest-best-ever.html

My photo: http://heathersgarden.typepad.com/.a/6a00e0097e58bd88330133f18e232f970b-popup

Brooke June 21, 2010, 10:57 pm

This is my first time to enter, although I visit your site every month. I just loved this shot of my Countytime Roses…. I call it “Twins”

Here is my post….

Here is the link to the photo….

Jenn-na-na June 21, 2010, 11:01 pm
Lisa Wood June 22, 2010, 1:34 am

Hello. My name is Lisa Wood and the picture I would love to enter for this contest I have entitled Raindrops On Daisies and it is found on by blog The Hues Of My Mind which is at
http://thehuesofmymind.blogspot.com/ I hope that you enjoy it. This is my first contest and I am very grateful just to be able to be considered. Thank you very much. And to copy just right click the mouse and hit ‘copy’ and please handle with care no one has ever copied a photo of my pictures before (that I know of) :=O)

Josh June 22, 2010, 6:52 pm

Thanks everyone for entering! Glad to see so many first time entries. Winners will be posted by the end of the month…

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