Western Hills Garden is a treasure. Begun as a homestead in 1959 by legendary plantsmen, Marshall Olbrich and Lester Hawkins, it became one of the most influential gardens on the West Coast, alway seeking new plants adapted to the summer-dry,...
The new garden photography workshops at San Francisco Botanical Garden include a visit with a sectional gardener to help us appreciate what we are seeing. The first of these workshops is coming up soon, May 18th, and will be in the...
I suspect that anyone who loves wildflowers heard about the super bloom in California this year.  After five years of drought and dry winters, most of California received above average rainfall - and glorious wildflowers. In Carrizo Plain National Monument, a...
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is one of the premier public gardens of native plants in the country, with a collection of California native plants in a stunning setting around its renowned wildflower meadow, complete with views of the Santa...
Garden photography workshops are a great excuse to get serious about your photography and hang out with a pro. You are in a beautiful setting. You have permission slow down and study nature. And most likely the pro will be having as...
On March 15, 1774 and December 24, 1775 Juan Bautista de Anza, leading expeditions from Mexico into Alta California, camped in Coyote Canyon in Anza-Borrego State Park - where I too camped my last night of documenting the superbloom.. The...

Dawn in the Desert

The best way to get great photos is simply to go get them.  Put yourself in the right place at the right time. Clambering up a ridge to get a distinct vantage point pays off here in the Creosote Bush...
Poppies

Poppy Perspective

I am delighted to have another Better Photos with Any Camera workshop at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, a wonderland dedicated to California native plants. To take better photos, understand what you are seeing and let the camera tell that story.  There...
The Anza-Borrego desert in California is in the midst of a superbloom wildflower display. Just what sort of special gear does a photographer pack for a once in a lifetime trip ?  Well for sure, I pack extra batteries since...

A Brighter Sky

Whenever there is sky in the frame it is so easy to let the camera meter fool the photographer. The camera meter reads the entire scene and comes up with an average exposure.  But when there is bright sky (or...