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One of the pleasures of winter for a garden photographer is reviewing photo shoots from earlier in the year and being transported back in time. I have a very poor memory for most things, but my visual memory is excellent...

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I have been photographing roses in this wonderful private garden in Napa for the past six years. I have more than a thousand photos that I...

Shadows at Cornerstone

I had a play day today at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma. But the light was bright and sunny, and even though I was only there...

How to Take A Good Photo

"If you are out there shooting, things will happen for you. If you’re not out there, you’ll only hear about it." – Jay Maisel "Sometimes...

Glowing Needles – Golden Larch

In California we don't see the Golden Larch tree (Pseudolarix amabilis), a deciduous conifer with beautiful needles native to the moist mountains of China. It...

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Better than Lawn

A gardener visiting Minnesota in the summer discovers a climate that revels in big beautiful native perennials.  The influences of the northern prairie can be seen in...

Tough Plants – Tough Climates

I try to treat every garden I visit with a sense of wonder, open to what it reveals, always looking for photographs to present...

Leading into Natives

Native plant gardens are often hard to photograph.  Many native gardeners care more about the plants and habitat than the aesthetics.  This is perfectly...

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