Favorite Photos 2017

Greetings, and a Happy New Year ! Putting together a selection of my favorite photographs from the past year, is both the easiest and the hardest post to do every year.  Easy to find photos I love, hard to narrow...
The California landscape has always been shaped by fire. Now two months after the firestorms in Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma Counties, we begin to see the landscape recovering. With a few inches of blessed rain since the fires, the annual...
We were distressed to learn the Australian Native Plant Nursery in Casitas Springs, California was burned in the recent Southern California wildfires. Owner, Jo O'Connell, had enough time to pack up a trailer of plants, personal affects, and most of...

Ruth Bancroft’s Legacy

When I first met Ruth Bancroft in 1992, she was already 86. Rounding the corner on an early morning photo shoot in her garden I saw her bending over a gravel path looking for something.  I asked her if I...

Branch Patterns

For photographers working with fall foliage, the underlying structure of tree trunks and branches can provide subtle ways to hold photographs together. Here in California late November is the peak of autumn color, but in most of the country the...

Fire Recovery Begins

The devastating Northern California firestorm that swept through Napa and Sonoma Counties in October left a scorched earth. The Tubb's Fire that destroyed thousands of homes in Santa Rosa, began in Calistoga and on its rapid advance through the hills...

Two Quince in a Tree

It is a great pleasure to be wandering in a garden looking for pictures, and a privilege when she offers fruit. These two Chinese quince (Pseudocydonia sinensis) seemed to be a team, companions on a leaden tree in Western Hills...
Garden Design Magazine featured this photo in a recent online interview: Photographer Saxon Holt shares his experience capturing the above photo for the Great American Trees article, featured in the Autumn 2017 issue: How did you prepare for this shoot? The photo...

Pond Views – Western Hills

How to find a photo within a photo in landscape garden photography

Panoramas on the Prairie

There is something about prairies that makes them particularly hard to photograph. By definition they are vast and flat. There is the land; there is the sky; and there is a horizon line to separate them. Maybe there are some...