Stella Otto: The Backyard Fruit Gardener

Today's Tip: Mow vegetation short around the base of fruit trees and bushes to reduce winter habitat for rodents.

Four Seasons in the Fruit Garden thru the Lens of a Camera — Winter

Every blog needs a photo, right? Well, I have to con­fess to being less than stel­lar with a cam­era in my hands.…but I can learn. As a belated New Year’s res­o­lu­tion, I’ve chal­lenged myself to prac­tice. To keep at it, being held account­able helps.

So here, for bet­ter or worse (prob­a­bly worse for a while at least) are a few of my novice attempts. Feel free to offer cri­tique, crit­i­cism, and, espe­cially, tips that will help me climb my way to pho­to­graphic great­ness; ha, ha. Ya, I know; it’s OK to tell me it’s going to be a long, steep climb; really I know. I won’t delude myself about the great­ness — a col­lec­tion of really nice pho­tos some­day will sat­isfy well enough.

At least once a month, I’ll post some of my more inter­est­ing attempts. Hope­fully some will actu­ally be use­ful to you. When I look back a year from now,  I’ll also, hope­fully, see improve­ment. So, for what it’s worth.……here’s Jan­u­ary 2014.


January - snow in the garden

The vista over the fruit gar­den; at rest in Jan­u­ary; is long, cold, and never-ending white


Snow on primocane-bearing raspberriesraspberries

Primocane-bearing rasp­ber­ries — a few stra­glers that didn’t quite make it to harvest

Snow-covered grape vines

The snow is deep — look­ing down over the top of the grape vines

Black raspberries in winter

Black rasp­ber­ries, like sen­tinels, await 6 more weeks of winter