Why I Love Light (and a Selfie Suggestion)

– Posted in: Garden Musings, Garden Photography, Succulents

Garden writer and photographer Bren Haas, when interviewing me about my career and books, asked if I’d had a mentor for my photography or painting. I told her, “Light is a great teacher. I become transfixed when I see sunlight glittering on leaves, shadow patterns, or some lovely translucence. I’m uncomfortable in the presence of ‘wrong’ light—i.e. a windowless[...]

How to Photograph Trees

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Trees and Shrubs

A recent visit to the Arnold Arboretum in Boston provided a glorious opportunity to photograph trees.  After all, the word “arbor” is Latin for tree and arboreta are collections of trees.  What better a place to go to work with my camera. I confess I was once uninterested in traditional arboretums because there tends to be little structure to[...]

Glass Flowers of Harvard

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Garden Travels

The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, popularly know as the Glass Flowers is in the Harvard Museum of Natural History, a fantastic, fantastic museum in Boston. The exhibit has recently been cleaned and refurbished and with new cases with crystal clear glass and organized by plant family to enhance it as a teaching tool[...]

Cemetery Roses

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Garden Travels, Garden Visits

Most folks don’t consider visiting a cemetery on their garden travels.  That is, unless you are a lover of old roses. I recently visited Sacramento’s Old City Cemetery as the local Rose Society seeks to preserve the historic rose collection found there.  The roses form a collection  from old homesteads and cemeteries dating back to[...]