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Winter Cottage

by Barbara Lee on December 11, 2013

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.

Winter Cottage from Barbara McGraw on Vimeo.

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