Magnolia, Pruned

Every winter, I seem to wait on pruning my trees until winter is almost over. And now the Magnolia has started to bloom. I really do enjoy pruning, and every tree is a different piece of sculpture that changes with...

Seeing Shapes in Succulents

Succulents are one of the most photogenic of plants groups. The leaves are bold and graphic, arranged in geometric patterns, creating strong shapes. Gardens with mature succulents can be a candy store for a photographer.  One of the very best...

How to Photograph Roses

The PhotoBotanic Guide to Photographing Roses is finally published ! Coming from thirty years of garden photography and eight rose books, distilled here in 92 pages of tips and techniques, the ebook is available for the bargain price of $14.95. Discount...
Winter in California's summer-dry climate is very different from the rest of the country. It is a robust time in gardens as winter rains kick plants into their growing season. It is a great time to visit San Francisco Botanical...

Favorite Photos 2016

It's 2017, time to clean up all those photo files, and reminisce on favorite photos of 2016. If you are a photographer, now is the time to put your files in order. It's winter, you are not shooting much, and spending...

Be Alert to Backgrounds

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...
For interesting photos in bright light, don't follow the Kodak advice that came with the early Brownie cameras: “The sun should be behind your back or over your shoulder.” That advice was from the earliest days of film photography when shooting...

Christmas Berry Composition

Whenever I wander the woods behind my house this time of year, I see flashes of red - Christmas Berry, or Toyon, Heteromeles arbutifolia, one of the best California native shrubs for landscape use. On a recent walk I found a...

What To Say About Trees

I have been thinking a lot about trees recently. My visit to Arnold Arboretum in October and a recent publisher's request for American tree images inspired a new gallery, American Trees. Whenever I post a new gallery, I try to...

Flower Photo Focal Point

Every autumn when my Camellia sasanqua shrubs begin to bloom I marvel at how well they do in California. Then, when the ginkgo trees turns butter yellow, I go crazy to photograph them. The trees are now big enough so...