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Sunshine or Shade

When I was first learning about gardening photography I quickly figured out I should never shoot in bright sunlight. The camera cannot hold details in the bright and dark areas at the same time, so the photographer must decide where,...
I guess this photo tip has nothing to do with photographing plants or gardens, but so many people seemed surprised I was able to capture the full solar eclipse without any special filters. So, I offer today's tip. And now...

Soils Will Save Us

There is increasing scientific evidence that healthy soils could sequester all the airborne carbon in the Earth's atmosphere which is the major cause of global climate change. I have just returned from the Urban Soil Summit at UCLA entirely energized....
The San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers is doing its part to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The iconic Victorian glasshouse is being lit up all summer by a light show, every evening from sundown to midnight....
It seems to happen overnight - the tree bark on Madrones and Manzanitas breaks and peels back. If you are in just the right spot on a hot Summer day in the California coastal woodlands the crackling you hear is...

Photographing a Lily

An Orienpet Lily in full bloom is a wonder of nature, and will make a flower photographer out of anyone with a camera of any kind. But don't just grab the first photo that you see, think about the whole...

Retouching a Photo

How much photo retouching is acceptable? This is a question I consider every time I work on my photos on the computer in the post production process.  I hereby confess that I will sometimes change the photo to show what...
I have just posted a new gallery of photos from San Diego Botanic Garden. Botanic Gardens are the best places for gardeners to learn about plants that will do well in their area, and I try to have garden photos that...
I do not know the origin, nor can explain my fascination with grasslands. Perhaps it is some sort of primeval pull of human origin, in the savannas of Africa when humanoids left the jungle to hunt in open range lands....
Western Hills Garden is a treasure. Begun as a homestead in 1959 by legendary plantsmen, Marshall Olbrich and Lester Hawkins, it became one of the most influential gardens on the West Coast, alway seeking new plants adapted to the summer-dry,...