For years I’ve made pictures in and around Chatham Manor, the historic building that played a major role in the Civil War as Union headquarters, hospital, and soup kitchen. Tired of the postcard view of the Fredericksburg skyline and the more familiar gardens and statuary, I spent an afternoon exploring the greenhouses. I looked through the windows at the gardening implements inside, trying to shield the reflections of the bright sky. Having no luck, I tried working with the reflections as a part of the scene. I realized the reflections I’d been fighting might add depth and complexity to the view. The resulting compositions had an ethereal quality, kind of mystical, reminding me of a secret garden.