10 favorite photos (and scans and videos) of 2013

Have I really neglected this blog since Labor Day?

Apologies. Life has been hectic. Plus I’ve been able to scratch my blogging itch some at work through the Cornell Horticulture blog. The little vacation from blogging here has made me start yearning for spring already and getting back to shooting photos and creating scans.

Following Les’s lead at A Tidewater Garden, I figured I’d pull together a quick collection of favorites from the past year, drawing from both blogs. In most cases, you can click on images for a larger view.

New Year’s cyclamen

With a corm nearly the size of my fist, this cyclamen reliably pumps out blossoms on the kitchen windowsill this time of year.  More manipulations of this scan.



Valentine’s Day scan

Cyclamen and begonia kaleidoscope. More manipulations here

cyclamen and pelargonium



This is why I long for spring: The chance to get my knees muddy shooting little things. Hard to chose just one.

Below, an Eranthis — a special variety though I don’t know its name.


Iris histrioides ‘Katharine Hodgkin’


Ephemerals scan nicely, too.

april scans

More ephemerals.


Daffodil season

Scan of daffodils, Leucojum and tulips the deer missed.

may scan



This one pumps out the prettiest flowers. Good thing. It’s leaves are butt-ugly.



June scan

Kaleidoscope mosaic with Aruncus, among others.  Original scan. More manipulations.

june scan manipulations


Allium bulgaricum

At least that’s what John Scheepers is calling it these days. One of my favorites.

june pix and scans


Tools of the trade

Shot this at a weed control workshop at a field day for gardeners at Cornell’s Thompson Vegetable Researcg Farm.  Read more.
Charles Mohler, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, demonstrated a wide range of weed control tools.


Sod sofa

Every fall, students in the Art of Horticulture class build a sod sofa on campus.  It’s one of my favorite afternoons, as I get to shoot stills and usually make a time-lapse video.

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Art of Horticulture students lounge on the sod sofa they built.

View time lapse video:


Labor Day scan

4-pane of my Labor Day scan. More manipulations.

september scan


Patrick Daugherty’s Stickwork installation

One of the first posts I wrote on this blog was about how much fun I had helping ‘Stickwork’ sculptor Patrick Dougherty with his installation in Collegetown. He returned to campus in October for a series of events including a hands-on community build at the Ithaca Children’s Garden. You can view a time-lapse video of the build below or view one of his talks, Stickwork: Primitive Ways in an Accelerated World.


Art of Horticulture final projects

What would I do without this class. My second favorite day of the school year (after sod sofa day) is when the students in this class present their final projects. I usually give a talk about digital art, and this semester I was so pumped that one of the students was inspired to try some manipulations. (You can view them here.)  You can also view most all of this year’s (and previous years’) projects at the Art of Horticulture gallery page.
Floral appliqé and wire bonsai sculpture


Also of interest …

A couple of things I discovered as I was reviewing the year that I should have plugged here earlier:

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Videos: Faster, closer

Had a little time to fiddle with time-lapse videos today. Long story short: Closer, faster. The same views cropped in closer and sped up.

Learned three things: While I like the wide landscape videos, next season I think I’ll focus in closer on particular areas. I need more bulbs for early-season interest. (I crammed a lot in those beds this fall.) And I need to get Fred and Jade to cooperate more to get them in to more images.

Beds around the veggie garden looking east …

Veggie garden beds (east view) from Craig Cramer on Vimeo.

Looking west.

Veggie bed close up from Craig Cramer on Vimeo.

Hope everyone has a safe and prosperous new year.

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Video: The Year in 100 Seconds

I had time this week to finish up the videos I did from stills for the August Garden Bloggers Design Workshop, adding images from fall and early winter. (It seems out of sequence, but there is a shot in the stack from our mid-October snowstorm.) I discovered that PhotoShop isn’t so good at aligning stacks with this many images (probably because I wasn’t very precise with I shot them), and had to do some fiddling around. Still, it’s a fun little exercise, and I may have more to share later today or tomorrow.

West view, March through December.

Ellis Hollow – The Year in 100 Seconds from Craig Cramer on Vimeo.

East view, March through December.

The Year at Ellis Hollow (east view) from Craig Cramer on Vimeo.

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