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

De(light)ful Trees

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 is always dramatic and is something to take advantage when the sun never gets...

Dry Reservoirs

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 see them for myself. As I write this in Northern California, we have had one...
Some garden photography tips are timeless, some are a matter of knowing what to see, and others use the magic of the digital age.
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'

Seeing Shapes

"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 try to let the scene speak to me; the beauty is already there - I...
Pityrogramma triangularis, Goldback Fern, or Pentagramma triangularis ssp. triangularis fronds unfolding in spring, California native plant in summer-dry garden

Paying Attention

"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. A photographer has the gift of a camera with which to study nature, and...

Exploring an Oak

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. I don't really want to be witnessed talking to the catbirds or hugging the...

December Photos

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 for the series of True Image calendars I've done over the years because they...

Autumn in Western Gardens

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 plants that grow here, we can have both traditional and nontraditional autumn color. I did...

Autumn in California

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 distinct seasons: the rainy season, the wildflower season, and the dry season. But it is...
After 3 years of working on this book, it is done, and just released in January, 2021. Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates from Timber Press is available autographed in our store we are just beginning to figure out virtual tours and...