There’s no snow in Southern California, but I can pretend we are blanketed in soft white drifts by creating a scene in a miniature garden.
Instead of just one shot, I photographed this garden throughout the day in order to tell a story. The cast of characters plus the reindeer are all a part of my Grandfather’s Christmas village. They are from the 1930’s and well worn but I coaxed them out from under the tree and employed them for this short video. They settled back to their indoor village under the tree after their close-ups. I think some of the other village people are a little jealous, so I will have to try and give them a turn in another video.
To create your own miniature winter scene you will need some dwarf cypress, a cottage, bridge, glass tile for a frozen pond, battery operated lights, and lots of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) which stands in for snow. When you are tired of a winter scene simply scrape off the “snow” and fill in with baby tears or blue star creeper, and you are ready for spring.
I must acknowledge my dear husband for carting this garden around the yard for proper lighting and for his technical know-how for creating this video. I hope you enjoy it.
Best to watch in Hi-Def, click the hi-def button on the right. Also, it’s better to watch full screen.