Garden Sculptures and Whimsy

One of the things that often sets one homeowner’s garden apart from another is the incorporation of some sculptures and garden whimsy.

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 26mm, efov 69mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-560
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 26mm, efov 69mm, f/5.6, 1/125, ISO-560

Whenever my wife and I go on garden tours of private homes we pay special attention to the various pieces of sculpture and whimsy that are often sprinkled throughout the various flower beds and plantings.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 41mm, efov 109mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 41mm, efov 109mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-160

The personality of the homeowners can often be found in these items, as well as their sense of fun and creativity.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 84mm, efov 228mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 84mm, efov 228mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-160

We always appreciate the effort that homeowners went to in order to find, and creativity place, small sculptures and other items.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 17mm, efov 46mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-400
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 17mm, efov 46mm, f/5.6, 1/250, ISO-400

Many pieces are true works of art with corresponding costs.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 216mm, efov 581mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-800
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 216mm, efov 581mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-800

Others may be more modest in terms of investment.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 100mm, efov 270mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-250
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 100mm, efov 270mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-250

I find that my eye is drawn to smooth, fluid lines.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 20mm, efov 54mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 20mm, efov 54mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-160

As well as the unique and comical.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 26mm, efov 69mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 26mm, efov 69mm, f/5.6, 1/320, ISO-160

Some folks develop an overall garden theme with their pieces of whimsy.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 20mm, efov 54mm, f/5.6, 1/40, ISO-800
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 20mm, efov 54mm, f/5.6, 1/40, ISO-800

While others have an eye for the eclectic and mix various styles and forms to achieve the character they want in their garden.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 62mm, efov 168mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 62mm, efov 168mm, f/5.6, 1/500, ISO-160

The thoughtful combination of plants, sculptures and other items can make the difference between a garden that is pleasant, to one that is captivating.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 34mm, efov 90mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-1250
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 34mm, efov 90mm, f/5.6, 1/60, ISO-1250

Finding inspiration in the creativity of others is always a special bonus for my wife and I when touring private gardens.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 14mm, efov 38mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 14mm, efov 38mm, f/5.6, 1/400, ISO-160

At times some ‘creative borrowing’ or adaptation of an idea finds its way into our garden as well.

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