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April 23, 2011

Photograph: Mitchell Maher

Last Sunday, the day after our garden party, photographer Mitchell Maher visited to shoot the Rancho. I was a bit concerned as the day’s light was fading … would Mitch’s lens be able to capture our garden? After all, I’d never been able to get a usable shot in this light. I shouldn’t have worried. Being a professional, he had with him a camera much more advanced that my Fisher-Price point-n-shoot and he took some remarkable pictures. Twilight is one of my favorites times-of-day in the garden; all soft edges and creamy shadows, with lights in the trees and the cemetery beyond our fence … an effect he caught perfectly.

Photograph: Mitchell Maher

As with other photographers who’ve shot our garden in the last week or two, Mitch caught some angles and sightlines I hadn’t thought  to shoot. The overall effect is quite tranquil; dreamy even. I can almost picture people taller and more svelte than myself cruising through it, holding champagne flutes and looking for that perfect perch for them to light on. Mitch has created a flash slideshow of the pictures; the link is after the jump.

Photograph: Mitchell Maher

Looking at other gardens and projects on Mitch’s site, I’m proud to be included there. His work is gorgeous. Bext of all he made the Rancho look just as beautiful. Click here to see the slideshow.

Photograph: Mitchell Maher

Note: A later post will feature the photographs of Irfan Khan of the Los Angeles Times and they, too, show the Rancho in a different light: the high-contrast light of midday.

16 Comments leave one →
  1. April 23, 2011 5:05 pm

    Wow, that was an amazing look at the Rancho! What a great thing to be able to look back on years from now and see everything so perfectly documented.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 23, 2011 6:27 pm

      It will be interesting to look back… I can’t stop changing things so the garden is certain to change again…

  2. Megan permalink
    April 23, 2011 6:10 pm


    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 23, 2011 6:28 pm

      I can hardly believe it’s ours, looking at these pictures

  3. April 24, 2011 1:31 am

    Wonderful Reuben..Mitch took a couple of pics in my garden a few months ago, what a talented guy. In my case , the mundane became art.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 24, 2011 2:55 pm

      I agree, very talented to be so young.

  4. Guida Quon permalink
    April 24, 2011 2:10 am

    Wonderful photos and so glad to see your house too. Thanks for sharing.

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 24, 2011 2:56 pm

      I like the house pictures, too… really give a sense of context. Thanks!

  5. April 27, 2011 4:23 am

    Wowzer!!! I feel like I have seen your garden in a whole new light–and I have!! It’s even more beautiful. Your friend captured even more details than I have seen before. OK, can we now peak inside your awesome house, too??

    • reubix1 permalink*
      April 27, 2011 4:48 am

      The house is an anticlimax after the garden, I’m afraid; but we love it.

  6. mypatiofarm permalink
    May 13, 2011 4:55 pm

    Those photos are incredible Reuben. Now we have to figure out how to get you a book deal.

  7. Kelsey permalink
    May 28, 2011 6:33 pm

    Hello there, I just stumbled across your blog and thought I would let you know how amazing your garden is. I am getting so much inspiration from it!
    One odd question: I absolutely love the oval chair you have that’s wrapped in slatted vinyl, I believe? (The blue chair on the left in the first photo)
    I’ve been trying to find those outdoor chairs for some time, but I have no idea what they are called or who they are designed by. Any chance you know?
    Thanks, and again, great blog!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 28, 2011 7:25 pm

      Hi, thanks for your comment and compliments … The egg chair you’re enquiring about is available at Potted, the awesome garden shop in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. Here’s a link to the page on their website that features the egg chair. My egg chair is a vintage example with a very distressed frame and in need of vinyl string repair. I got it for $10 at a local swap meet and love it!

      Potted link:

      • Kelsey permalink
        May 29, 2011 12:06 am

        Excellent! Thanks for the information. I checked out the chairs on, they are beautiful. I think I’ll be looking for some swap meet finds though, unless I come into some money. 🙂
        Thanks again.

      • reubix1 permalink*
        May 29, 2011 2:36 am

        You’re welcome … I gotta wait until my inheritance comes in, too!

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