Reflecting Nature: Garden Designs for Wild Landscapes by Jerome Malitz

By Jerome Malitz

This provocative photographic essay by means of a skilled father-son crew makes a speciality of quite a few traditional landscapes---permutations of water, rocks, forests, and meadows---and exhibits how they are often echoed in smaller backyard settings.

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Still, the selections in no way capture the wealth of design ideas to be found in visiting forests of aspen. Gilding an Autumn Temple Nowhere does the show of autumn gold surpass that staged in the Rocky Mountains. Nowhere in the Rockies is there a better place to view it than in Rocky Mountain National Park. And nowhere in the park is the display more spectacular than along Cub Lake Trail (Plate 70). Here you do not find the kaleidoscope of autumn color that is seen on the East Coast, or even elsewhere in the park, where autumn flares up in brilliant patches of oranges, reds, and purples conferred by sumac (Rhus), currant (Ribes), mountain ash (Sorbus scopulina), cliff jamesia (Jamesia americana), grouseberry (Vaccinium scoparium), and others.

We will tour forests of mixed hardwoods, coniferous forests, and forests combining evergreen and deciduous trees. But first we visit several forests in which trees of only one species dominate, trees of incomparable grace and beauty. Alder, Birch, and Aspen White bark marked with black or brocaded in auburn, rust, or green lichens; limbs and twigs finely drawn and delicately set; slender trunks closely spaced or growing in clumps to form stunning patterns of light and darkall this sets 54 55 forests of aspen, birch, or alder apart from others.

As for the construction, it is unlikely that real stone of the  < previous page < previous page 40 page_134 page_135 next page > next page > 41 Plate 60. Waterfall at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California.  < previous page < previous page page_135 page_136 next page > next page > Page 136 appropriate size and shape can be found to fit the design, although that is a possibility. A more likely approach is to follow the lead of the model itself, which is made entirely of cast stone and concrete, convincingly colored and modeled to look like real stone.

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