Silver on Gray

Many plants for summer-dry climates have silver foliage.  Gray leaves are a defense against hot sun and waxy succulents help store water and prevent evapotranspiration. For garden photography, silver and gray add wonderful contrasts and drama, so it is no...
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....
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...

Autumn in California

I have heard it argued that California does not have autumn. In fact, I do like to think of California as having only three very distinct seasons: the rainy season, the wildflower season, and the dry season. But it is...
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is one of the premier public gardens of native plants in the country, with a collection of California native plants in a stunning setting around its renowned wildflower meadow, complete with views of the Santa...
Aloe wickensii (Geelaalwyn) flowering succculent in Gerhard Bock garden with Agave americana mediopicta alba in front of Yucca rostrata'Saphire Skies' and yellow flowering Aloe 'Moonglow'

Seeing Shapes

"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter." - Ansel Adams. Whenever I look for photos, I try to let the scene speak to me; the beauty is already there - I...

Grasses and Asters

One of the delightful challenges for any garden photographer is to find the photo that best illustrates the story in front of you. That can be a real challenge in a complex garden as the light is changing in a...

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...

How to Photograph Roses

The PhotoBotanic Guide to Photographing Roses is finally published ! Coming from thirty years of garden photography and eight rose books, distilled here in 92 pages of tips and techniques, the ebook is available for the bargain price of $14.95. Discount...
The Denver Botanic Garden gets better every time I visit. There are new buildings, like the Science Pyramid pictured above, at the end of a marvelous walk and water feature called the El Pomar Waterway. There are new gardens like the...