• January 7, 2022

    It is now winter and the Aloe arborescens are blooming. In San Francisco Botanical Garden there are grand plantings of them in both the South […]

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  • Thuja plicata, Western Red Cedar tree in Tilden Regional Parks Botanic Garden

    December 1, 2021

    As the sun approaches its lowest arc of the year I start to bend the rules of not taking pictures in bright light. Back light […]

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  • November 2, 2021

    It has been in the news for months even years, the reservoirs in the west are at historic lows due to drought. I wanted to […]

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  • March 31, 2021

    Some garden photography tips are timeless, some are a matter of knowing what to see, and others use the magic of the digital age.

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  • Aloe wickensii (Geelaalwyn) flowering succculent in Gerhard Bock garden with Agave americana mediopicta alba in front of Yucca rostrata'Saphire Skies' and yellow flowering Aloe 'Moonglow'

    March 3, 2021

    “Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” – Ansel Adams. Whenever I look for photos, I […]

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  • Pityrogramma triangularis, Goldback Fern, or Pentagramma triangularis ssp. triangularis fronds unfolding in spring, California native plant in summer-dry garden

    February 27, 2021

    “Paying attention is a form of reciprocity with the living world, receiving the gifts with open eyes and open heart.” Robin Wall Kimmerer Braiding Sweetgrass. […]

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  • December 31, 2020

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    Says Mary Oliver: “Ordinarily, I go to the woods alone, with not a single friend, for they are all smilers and talkers and therefore unsuitable. […]

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  • December 3, 2020


    December can be the least exciting time in the garden and the most difficult month to find photos for a calendar.  It is particularly hard […]

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  • November 2, 2020

    Traditionally autumn is illustrated with New England foliage but every gardener in every region knows a different aesthetic. In the West, with so many different […]

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  • October 16, 2020

    I have heard it argued that California does not have autumn. In fact, I do like to think of California as having only three very […]

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