Living Book Library

The Learning Center at PhotoBotanic is member content to learn about garden photography and how to celebrate plants in garden settings.

Have you noticed that the days are getting longer ? Probably not, but a few days ago, on the shortest day of year exactly at the solstice, I took advantage of the sun being at its absolute lowest zenith to make a...
When you set out to photograph a garden, don’t miss the details and vignettes. The essence of what you see can often be distilled down to distinct details that tell the story of what you feel. This is the last...
A recent report from the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) indicates 7 trillion particles of microplastic are entering the San Francisco Bay per year through stormwater. SFEI report. Almost half of this can be traced to the rubbery polymers of...

O the Joy

Office work has been unrelenting, but last Saturday, with an impending storm I could no longer put off fertilizing my rhododendron garden. It began as a chore and instantly became ecstatic. O the joy! Thanks Walt Whitman. As I walked...
Section 4 of The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops. Both the digital camera and the computer are tools best learned with practice and experience. The more we know about our tools the easier they are to use and to do our...

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...
The Rio Grande Botanic Garden in Albuquerque, New Mexico has a most clever Children's Garden.  Short of actually being in a garden, where kids can plant (play in the dirt) and harvest their own snacks, this place is sure...

The Summer-Dry Garden

I live in sunny California.  I can plan a camping trip in summer and never worry about rain.  I don't worry about the roses getting beat up in a storm and veggies love all day sun. But I do need to...
In our last lesson, we learned to fill the frame of a composition with only those elements that contribute to the story—the most important lesson to remember in creating a good garden photo. A painter will not waste canvas...

Walks With KonaDog

From my personal Instagram account - my daily walks with my dog Kona. Kona is a mixed Border Collie and Australian Shepherd.  Happiest when out walking.  Me too. She gives me the excuse to use take walks with only my iPhone....