I think persimmons are the perfect fall fruit for California gardens.  They are tough, disease free, delicious, and have reliably good fall foliage color.  The trees are so prolific they can be hard to shape since the branches of young trees often break as the fruit gets heavy and matures, but once established, the they can become a focal point of the autumn garden.

Fuyu Persimmons on tree

I like these flat bottom Fuyu variety which stay crisp when they ripen, which means when my wife makes her famous persimmon pudding she has to go buy the soft ripening Hachiya. Our dog, Kona, likes persimmons too, ripe or not, and I let her thin out the low hanging fruit.  As if I had a choice.

When I make a photograph of fruit on a tree, I like finding a cluster framed with foliage.

Fuyu Persimmons framed on tree

I like to think I am making a botanic illustration, and want to get tight enough so the fruit stands out, but loose enough to get a sense of the tree.

I always use a tripod in my work so I can carefully study the composition, in this case thinking about every leaf.  It also allows me to find a good composition … and take out a few leaves.

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Once I find the persimmon shot I really like, I can really have fun: making my own version of a botanic illustration, what I call a PhotoBotanic extraction.

Fuyu Persimmon ripening on tree in California garden


Persimmon On Tree is now for sale on our Fine Art America store as prints, tote bags, greeting cards, and notebooks.

Fuyu Persimmon ripening on tree