A Garden with Purpose, Reason and Rhyme
Welcome to an ongoing film project documenting the comings and goings of a low water maintenance garden in the heart of urban suburbia. This is a story of the flora and fauna that come to this garden for sanctuary and subsistence. Cameras and audio
recording equipment are setup throughout the small back yard and are capturing a big story: survival, migration and acceptance.
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An amazing photo subject just outside the front door
The sheer mass and detail will provide continuous film opportunities. We will
follow this developing chapter in another amazing urban garden saga.
This story ended up being told in four chapters:
1. Grow… 2. Bloom… 3. Decay… 4. Fall…
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Video of bees and a cactus bloom
And the world goes round and round with the help of all things great and small.
The Queen of the Night cactus bloom opens up and it’s sweet fragrance fills
the night. With the light of morning bees arrive. At times it is but one.
Here is a moment where a small gang of bees busily gather pollen. By late
afternoon the flower will close and the bloom is over. Music by SonicAtomics.
This is the dove’s first day out of the nest.
A pair of young doves, less than two-years-old, now have two live chicks
in their second nesting attempt using a decorative ceramic pot placed on
an exterior chimney ledge under the patio. The female sat here quietly for
weeks while the male perched in a nearby tree, or on back-alley telephone
wires, always with a view of the nest. In the late fall of the previous year
the immature mother abandoned her nest leaving a dead chick and an
unhatched egg left inside. I took the pot off the ledge and put it
on the ground to photograph in the sun. Minutes later, when I returned
with a camera, both the dead chick and egg were gone.
Halloween early morning visitor
After the first cold night an Opossum soaks in morning sunshine.
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For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
This pidgeon appears to have died and fallen from the telephone wires about.
There were no signs of trauma on the body. The image on the right is after
three days on the ground. The first to begin dismantling the body were ants
going for the pidgeon’s eyes.
Eight days later all that is left are feathers.
The pigeon became a daily photo study of what would happen to the body.
Ants, flies, crows, possum, skunks and others found food as the body
disappeared and scattered over the days. I found this indicated the
garden was a living system where flora and fauna that took care of their own.
The wait is rewarded with captured prey.
The wait is rewarded with food in a wrapped cocoon. See more spider action
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