A Magical Photo Workshop

– Posted in: Garden Photography
Mary Small - Marin Art & Garden Center Workshop borage

Photography workshops can be magical for both student and instructor. I think I can honestly say every workshop has some magic, there are always those moments when a student suddenly connects with the subject.  It gladdens the heart of the instructor to see the students improve. But rarely does every student improve dramatically in the course of[...]

Finding Photos

– Posted in: Garden Photography
Hybrid Monkey Hand Trre flower >>> x Chiranthomontodendron lenzii (aka  Chiranthofremontia); yellow flowering shrub at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

It is a great joy to be hunting for photographs in a garden.  Having a camera in hand (or on a tripod) is an excuse to look carefully, to find a photo that will do justice to the beauty of plants. Finding a photo is a deliberate process and I frequently find myself looking for color[...]

Gardens Here ?

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Garden Plants
Outdoor stone patio sitting area under Oaks next to modern glass hilltop home with California native plant garden, Santa Barbara,

Here in California, there have been some rumblings about gardens wasting water. Can we afford water for gardens in an era of limited resources? Isn’t our native habitat beautiful enough? Do we want to have gardens here? Well of course, I am biased. I am a gardener.  And yes, we certainly do want to have[...]