Light green hose coil: a brilliant contrast to ‘Apricot Emperor’ tulip
You may think of garden hoses as just unassuming, servicable garden tools.
Coil of hose repeats a variation of the curving lily foliage around this black hollyhock
But I’m here to tell you, they’re flaming egos. They like to hog the spotlight. And I’ve got photographic evidence.
Garden hose relaxing in evening with opening Nicotiana alata.
As my pictures come up on my computer screen, I respond to a plethora of them like this: “Nice picture, if the garden hose weren’t in there.” They’re sneaky, too. No matter where I’m taking pictures, hoses insinuate themselves, like ubiquitous snakes.
Just a slice of hose adds the contrast of artifice to dull foliage.
I could go into Photoshop and clone them out. But that entails more time than I’m really willinng to spend. I mean, first I’d actually have to learn Photoshop, instead of just tinkering with it here and there. And then I’d have to sort through all my photos and find the salvagable ones with hoses in, and then I’d actually have to take the time to do them all…I’d rather just use the photos without hoses.
Curving line of garden hose leads the eye to the curl of aging ‘Lady Jane’ tulip
For those of you who don’t wish to blame your failings on an inanimate object—there must be one or two in the world—a tip: the hose, which is invisible in our daily lives, must be paid attention to. (You see what I mean about them being egomaniacs.) They must become visible, and you must compose your photograph away from them. Either that, or do what I do only on festive days: coil the hoses up, so they’re actually out of the way.
Garden hose lurking in background of a potentially arty sweet pea shot.
Or you can try this handy tip: write a blog post about hoses in photos, and use up some of your hosey photos there.
Tangle of hose contrasts color yet repeats shape of ‘African Queen’ twig supports