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Canada’s Thanksgiving Day is the last day that the Devonian Botanic Gardens are officially open before the arrival of winter. My wife and I took the opportunity to take some photographs of the fall colours that we knew would be present. The highlight of the garden at this time of the year is the larch trees that have now turned golden. unfortunately the ponds have been drained, and the waterfall and stream are silent, but there is still a serene beauty to be found in this garden if you enter early in the day before clusters of people begin to move in. The Kurimoto Garden is a real treasure, certainly the best traditionally designed garden in all of Alberta.
This will be the first in a series of landscapes from the Kurimoto Garden that will also include more intimate views. All the photographs will be available in my online Kurimoto gallery.
While the ‘grande landscape‘ may be more satisfying to a general audience, I find myself more and more attracted to smaller scenes within the larger landscape. The definition of ‘intimate landscape’ is not firm, but I personally define it as those landscapes which exclude the horizon and any glimpse of the sky, down to scenes that end where traditional close-up and macro photography (which tend to isolate a single subject) begins. An intimate landscape is a scaled-down scenic with several elements composed to be pleasing to the psyche. Read Tom Till’s article: The Forgotten Intimate Landscape for more on this nearer and dearer form of landscape photography.