How to create soft light for photos

– Posted in: Garden Photography
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[...]

Spring Photo Contest Winners

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Gardening Gone Wild - Picture This Contest final entries *with suggestions* June 10, 2016

The entries are in and we have a winner ! Congratulations to Grace at eTilth for the photo of Erythroniums tucked by this urn in the Dunn Garden in Seattle. As a new feature for our contest,  have put all the entries into a flickr Album and offered critiques of each, showing my before and after suggestions[...]

Picture This – Spring Photo Contest

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Forsythia 'Winterthur', yellow flowering spring shrub with Redbud tree (Cercis canadense)- Winterthur Garden

Picture This, our garden blogger’s photo showcase, is ready for another contest – now that spring has finally arrived throughout the land. I was in Delaware just two weeks ago where I photographed Wintherthur, the trees just leafing out, seemingly while I watched, so by now even the most northern garden photographers should have plenty of inspiration.

Urban Habitat

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Garden Visits
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In the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world an ebullient pollinator garden is attracting insects and native bees to a museum science project.  The Los Angeles Museum of Natural History has surrounded itself with a 3.5 acre urban habitat garden that is succeeding in attracting insects for study by the scientists within.