Saxon Holt

Wild Flowers in Wild Meadows

Castilleja miniata - 
Great Red Paintbrush,  scarlet paintbrush, flowering wildflower, California native plant meadow

For most of the eight years I have been contributing to Gardening Gone Wild I have wanted to simply show wildflower photos. I have been enthralled by California wildflowers for more years than I have been a garden photographer. Indeed, my portfolio of wildflowers got me my first job as a garden photographer in 1984.[...]

Water Saving Yard Photo Challenge

Lawn substitute, no mow fescue meadow with path leading to seating area past bird house, Minnesota garden

I am reposting the announcement of the Water Saving Yard photo contest sponsored by the EPA.  Let’s get some entries and show that Gardening Gone Wild knows what a water saving yard look like !  On Tuesday I said: I hope all of Gardening Gone Wild’s Picture This photo contestants will join me in this EPA[...]

Meadow by the Lake

Connecticut meadow garden with native wildflowers; Larry Weiner Design

I absolutely love the sense of discovery that comes with exploring a garden with a camera.  I have learned to take it slow, to relish and be watchful, as every step changes how I see.  Every step could be a new picture.  Every step changes how the elements compose themselves. So a recent visit to see gardens[...]

Brooklyn Green Streets

Gardener's street sign, Hope,, Brooklyn

I didn’t expect to be taking garden photos when I visited my daughter in New York City, where she lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area – a “transitional” section of Brooklyn.  But for years Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been sponsoring The Greenest Street in Brooklyn as a neighborhood beautification program and it’s inspiring.  My camera phone[...]

How to create soft light for photos

Lilium humboldtii ssp. ocellatum, Humboldt lily, orange flowering California native bulb

The best time for garden photography is the soft light of early morning after dawn, or late afternoon at dusk.  However that is not always possible, especially if you are visiting a public garden. I wrote a post here a couple years ago “Photos on the Road” about a trip to Norfolk Botanic Garden when[...]