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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 [...]

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. [...]

Harsh Winter for Summer-Dry Gardens

– Posted in: Garden Photography
Winter landscape in a Summer-Dry Climate

All winter, the headlines have been dominated by the harsh winter weather throughout the East.  In New England snowfall has been measured by feet instead of inches, the nations' capitol was shut down, freezing weather made its way into the deep South. Easterners longed for the sunny, dry, unseasonably warm weather in California, which is [...]