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...

Exposure Correction

When a camera measures light it automatically averages the bright areas with the shadow areas. It is the photographers job to decide if an image needs to be brighter or darker than what the camera thinks. This beautiful grove of birch trees...
The description of the upcoming garden symposium in Santa Rosa, California, Changing Times, Changing Climate: Summit 2016 begins with this introduction: "As our climate changes, so must our gardens". Whether in California or anywhere in the world that we garden, this message...
When The American Meadow Garden was published in 2009 I felt that John Greenlee and I were at the forefront of a new idea in gardening. Among gardeners who were concerned about the health of the planet, lawns were being...

Sacramento Cemetery Roses

I found an old friend in Sacramento's Old City Cemetery this spring.  I visited the cemetery to help the local Rose Society preserve the historic rose collection found there.  The roses form a collection of found roses from old homesteads and cemeteries...

California Oaks

This will be an homage to the Oaks of California.  I love 'em. Thank you to The Cultural Landscape Foundation for inspiring me to showcase Oaks, a vital part of the cultural landscape of California. There are more than 30 towns and cities...

Fixing Light Leaks

Whenever I photograph wooden fences I watch for light leaks. The eye is always drawn to bright areas and the smallest slit in a fence can become a distraction. I knew I wanted to photograph this quiet, shady spot in...