It's true, there is autumn foliage in San Francisco. Just go to Golden Gate Park and take a walk in the Botanical Garden. The color doesn't really start to show until December, and nobody is going to mistake it for...

Glowing Oak

Almost every day I take a morning walk with my dog, Kona in the Oak woodland's around my house.  My back yard is Cherry Hill, a local open space which is undevelopable, the backyards of all the neighbors in...

Planning a Panorama

Over the years I have learned to see classic rectangles when I photograph a garden, rectangles in a 2 to 3 proportion.  This is the traditional "full frame" camera viewfinder, based on the 35mm film size which is 24 x 36...

Making a Special Rose Photo

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 have used for a series of garden albums, private books of this country garden and have just...

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 as a scouting trip in the middle of the day, I still wanted to take...

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 I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter." ...
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 does make a striking garden tree for the East Coast, so when I saw it...

Framing a Framed View

On a recent visit to the Arnold Arboretum in Boston I found students at Harvard's Masters of Landscape Architecture program using a framing tool, somewhat similar to what I use with my photography classes. The landscape architecture students use their...

Sprinkler Light

I came across an explosion of light during an early-morning photo shoot at San Francisco Botanical Garden. I love arriving at a garden before dawn and watching it wake up. I admit to hoping for some early fog so that...

Seeing the Native Plant Garden

Native plant gardens tend to be hard to photograph.  Often the gardeners care more about the plants and habitat than the aesthetics.  This is perfectly OK – unless you are trying to photograph them. As a native plant garden lover...