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My inner Monet

Down by the pond

My inner Monet

Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)
Rosa 'All Ablaze' blazes cherry red in Burke Brothers' Tuscany exhibit, accenting classic Italian elements with bright flowers. (Ron Tarver / Staff photographer)

What did we do before digital cameras? I know. We had shelves full of photo albums to keep us sentimental and drawers full of uncatalogued photos to rummage through. On the other hand, we didn't have the chance to see our handiwork immediately, delete if it we don't like it, and try again. This picture was right on the first try. I didn't plan it this way. I was just walking the path down by the pond at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, a favorite hiking spot on weekends. Take a look. Can't paint worth a lick, but doesn't this photo showcase my inner Monet? It lacks a few details - water lilies, Japanese bridge, over-the-top garden - but it does have that liquid, dreamy quality of Monet's water lily series, don't you think? I flatter myself. That's Digital World for you. 

About this blog
Ginny Smith, a Philadelphia native, joined the Inquirer at 1985. After stints as both reporter and editor in the city and suburbs, she’s been happily writing – and learning - about gardening full time since 2006. She’s won two silver medals of achievement from the national Garden Writers Association and in 2011, Bartram’s Garden honored her with its Green Exemplar award for her stories about “the region’s deeply rooted horticultural history, cultural attractions and bountiful gardens.” She plays in her own – mostly - bountiful garden in East Falls. Reach Virginia A. at vsmith@phillynews.com .

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