Shadows at Cornerstone

I had a play day today at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma. But the light was bright and sunny, and even though I was only there as a scouting trip in the middle of the day, I still wanted to take...

Ceanothus Painting

I spent the afternoon painting.  The Ceanothus 'Ray Hartman in my garden is in full bloom and my camera by itself could not do it justice . It's an odd phrase to use as a photographer, "painting". The filter tools...

New print – Toyon

Members of the Learning Center just received an article about how I created this new print in the Extraction series:  Heteromeles arbutifolia - Toyon.  This California native shrub is flowering profusely in my garden and cried out to be...

Silver on Silver Background

I just loaded a new gallery into my gardens gallery, a beautiful sustainable garden in Albuquerque, New Mexico designed by Judith Philips. As is often the case when I only visit a garden one time, I see it better...

Water for Gardens

Will no one speak up for California gardeners ?  Will the on-going drought guilt-trip us to live in concrete, asphalt, rock, and dead earth urban wastelands ? An April 1 executive from Governor Brown order mandates a 25% cutback in water...
The Saratoga Horticultural Research Endowment (SHRE) gives sizable grants that foster the introduction of new and improved plant materials for California gardens and landscapes. The current funding cycle and request for proposals is open until April 16.  Spread the word. Every...

750,000 Roses With Tripod

Your job, should you accept it is to find catalog quality roses in this field of 750,000 roses.  My client smiled. So began my photo shoot at the research field of Star Roses in Wasco, California.  I was not told...
I learned a lesson I already knew when I set up my tripod in Kate Frey's garden to photograph pollinator plants. Before and After Slider A tripod allows the photographer to make a careful composition with tack sharp focus.  When photographing...
The Anza-Borrego desert in California is in the midst of a superbloom wildflower display. Just what sort of special gear does a photographer pack for a once in a lifetime trip ?  Well for sure, I pack extra batteries since...
 If you want to be a garden photographer you need to think like a gardener.  You are not just taking a picture of a landscape, you are photographing a garden. This may seem obvious, but it is important to keep...