Happy holidays from winter



Serious snow came early to Buffalo and to a lot of other gardens across the country. And even though 2008 has come and soon will be gone without my having learned how to use Photoshop any better, here is a collage of my snowy garden it let me make. The original images can be seen here.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


  1. Our photo club, made up of beginners, semi-pros like me and accomplished pros debate photoshop all the time.
    For instance if a branch is in the way remove it.

    Need another tree in the picture to frame the subject better clone one already in the picture.

    Photoshop is the “Brave New World” of the art scene. Seems like the line is crossed between the photographic eye that excellent photographers have and manipulation.

    Photography to me is the purest form of imagery art. Even Frederick Church could add something to his beautiful landscapes if he wanted to.
    Wanted to is the key……he did not need to.
    In the days of film and pre-photoshop what you saw what what ended up in the photo. Yes you can change depth of field, white balance, exposure etc. But the theme was there forever.

    For making collages and improving a picture ok use it.

    I hope the day never arrives when we just put our gardens into “Gardenshop” and change the original.

    The (not such a brave new world after all) TROLL

  2. Well, you once showed me how to do a collage in Photoshop and I was mighty impressed! I paid a neighborhood geek to teach me how to do it and now – a month later – I’ve forgotten how. Really lame here.

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