Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

Minimalist photography is characterized by a large portion of negative space, a fairly monochromatic color palette with good contrast, and an interesting subject that is able to stand on its own to capture the interest of the viewer.

Behold! The bountiful harvest from this summer’s newly planted fig tree (ficus minimalist.)



Have a great weekend!





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Life in a 1915 farmhouse in Central Virginia. And the odd thought or two.
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61 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Minimalist

  1. John says:

    Mmmm, makes me think of those fig cookies I adore. Minimalism is great in web design too.


  2. Haha. Makes me think of the dozen olives I got from two trees after seven years …


  3. Jodi says:

    enjoy those minimal fresh figs. They will taste all the better for their sparsity.


  4. Sandra says:

    Mmmm. We had a fig tree when we lived in Spain. I would pick them and store them in port in kilner jars and then serve them with chilled cream. 🙂 Yours was a minimalist harvest though – a bit like our apple tree this year: 5, and two of those worm-eaten.


  5. Sue Mayo says:

    You will have plenty in a few years.


  6. nrhatch says:

    Haha! You crack me up. Hey, speaking of nuts . . . you should plant a pecan tree.


  7. I’m right into minimalist vegetable gardening. Minimal effort, minimal supply.
    I think I might be doing it wrong.

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  8. Hmmmm, cut in half and wrap in prosciutto or grill lightly and drizzle with a bit of honey. Failing all else, eat plain and enjoy! 🙂



  9. joannesisco says:

    LOL – I think you nailed the theme!!


  10. Parnassus says:

    Hello Barbara, What an intriguing concept. The plate with only a few figs and no other garnish certainly evokes demand-minimalism, but you open up larger issues of supply-minimalism when you relate it back to the shyly-bearing fig tree. Since the tree should provide the larger supply of figs, symbolizing abundance, its barrenness suggests an overall dearth of figs, and nature withholding its bounty.

    Now the question arises, can a photograph with complex, multiple meanings be considered minimal?

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    • You’re over-thinking this, Jim!!! And making me laugh. Next year the wretched tree better perform to my expectations….although maybe it is behaving this way because it is anticipating the espalier treatment that looms in its future. What do you think?


      • Parnassus says:

        Hi again, Of course that analysis was not meant too seriously. Espalier training should in fact improve the yield in several ways, while creating an art-form of the tree itself, and engaging in a quite ancient and interesting activity, Be sure to show your progress here for us. –Jim

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      • You may remember that the fig is planted on the potting shed’s south-facing wall. Lots of white cinderblock to give it a good hot environment and the urge to produce more bountifully. Have a great weekend, Jim.


  11. dorannrule says:

    Barbara, this is starkly dramatic! You are an artist. Besides that, I love fresh figs. You also have a green thumb. Is there anything you are bad at? 🙂


  12. Let’s not forget that a plaster cast of a fig leaf was pasted on King David’s statue (penis) in order not to upset Queen Victoria’s extreme sensibilities. It was thought she might walk past his ‘uncovered’ statue in the Albert palace and possibly faint.
    I just thought of that little item. Don’t know why.
    Great photo!


  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Ha! definitely minimalist! Well, it is a good start! Are they sweet and tasty?


  14. bkpyett says:

    Such a joy and lovely dish too!


  15. M-R says:

    Boasting again ! 🙂
    Well you must be, or you wouldn’t’ve added the definition. [grin]
    Naah, I don’t mean it for a moment – and it is a wonderfuly minimalistic shot, Barbara !


  16. Behind the Story says:

    May you have many more in the years to come.


  17. KerryCan says:

    Wow–don’t eat those all in one sitting! 😉


  18. Barbara, minimal but so very lovely. And I agree about the lovely robin egg blue plate on which you’ve so beautifully arranged them. Paint that same scene in oils, and someone would pay handsomely to hang it in their kitchen!

    If it makes you feel better, my normally generous trees were “minimalist” this season, too. My harvest wasn’t better than yours by more than a few. Makes them sweeter, though 😉 Maybe figs, like oaks, have on and off years. And yes, “next year, next year…” Hugs, WG


    • It does make me feel better, actually, that your figs weren’t bountiful as well. Do you remember the variety of your fig? Of course you do. I agree, the figs in bowl would make a nice still life. Thanks, WG!


  19. Dixie Minor says:

    I love figs! My grandparents had figs growing beside their house; that was the on,y time I ever had them when I was a child. What a happy memory for me, having a bowl of figs at night with milk. The plate is beautiful too!


  20. Ficus minimalistus will hopefully become Ficus Multissimus in a few years! Love your sense of humor.


  21. reocochran says:

    I have always enjoyed figs and this was a great beginning harvest, Barb. I like dried dates, too. It make me think I am eating candy, while it is a bit healthier than candy. Fig bars are not as good as homemade fig bars! I had a friend once who made this buttery layered fig bar, with crumb topping: Yummy!
    Oh, Barb, I thought of you when I posted a ‘new’ find in music, may not be your ‘cup of tea,’ but let me know if you like him…Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. I found the song, “Canyon Moon” on the radio to be quite haunting. Take care and enjoyed this post!


    • reocochran says:

      I am adding that I see pingbacks, which I did not put on my comment. Hope this was not a result of my writing or maybe it is for me to go on a search? Just checked back, Barb, to see if you had noticed my fig comments. Smiles!


      • Hi Robin! You know I get confused. In my little lentil of a brain, I thought I had answered this when we had our conversation about Andrew McMahon. But that was on YOUR blog and not mine!! Anyway, I hope my stingy fig tree gives me enough next year that I can start to sort through recipes and make something yummy!


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  24. That picture is perfect! You got the Minimalist Challenge award in my book!


  25. restlessjo says:

    I do like a fig or two 🙂 And that’s the perfect plate!


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