What is chimping? It’s a simple and kinda funny sounding digital photography term used to describe the habit of immediately checking every shot on the LCD screen right after its captured. So is chimping a good thing or bad? A sign that you’re an amateur photographer, a seasoned pro or somewhere in between? Here’s what I think.
Disclosure: Photowall provided me with a free canvas print in exchange for my honest review of their product.
I love taking photos of my garden. There is something purely magical about slowing down, silencing my mind, and focusing on nothing but the subject in front of me and the connection I feel with it and my camera. Some of my photos are good, others could be better, but it is the zen experience of connecting with nature that truly fills my cup. So far, I’ve only shared my garden photos here on the blog or on my social media. But I recently partnered with Photowall on a project and have since taken a bold leap. Who knows, you may be inspired to leap too.
Since attending the Garden Blogger’s Fling earlier this year, I’ve been a bit more inspired to visit gardens whenever I can. I’ve noticed that many of the gardens – both public and private – have areas that are designated as certified habitats. I’ve seen butterfly and pollinator habitats, and a few specifically characterized as Monarch Butterfly habitats. Other gardens had spaces more broadly classified as wildlife habitats. After carefully exploring the plants and design features in each of these garden habitats, I realized they were very similar to my own. I grow many of the same plant varieties and offer sources of food, water and shelter to make my garden attractive to wildlife. That’s when it occurred to me that I could certify my garden!
This week was a BIG deal in our house. It was also a big deal in my dad’s house, and my mom’s house, and my auntie’s house and my grandma’s house. Why?? My son got his Learner’s Permit! I don’t know any kid more excited about driving than mine. He has been counting down the days to his 15th birthday for more than six months. And naturally, the entire family joined in on the hugely anticipated countdown.
This part two of a post I wrote in mid-July about testing the Red Racer Tomato in my home garden. You can read the full post here.
Now, I’m back to share the scoop on how well this All-American Selections (AAS) winner performed for me.
Collard greens were always a staple in my Grandma Georgia’s garden. We enjoyed many Sunday dinners with her collard greens as a favorite side dish. She doesn’t grow collards anymore, so I feel compelled to plant a few for her in my own garden. This fall I am trying a new collard variety, an easy-growing Southern heirloom from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange called Georgia Green Collards – which couldn’t have a more perfect name!