photography

American Trees

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Trees and Shrubs
Juglans nigra - Black Walnut tree; Arnold Arboretum

This must be the season for trees here at Gardening Gone Wild. Some of you may still be raking up leaves (and composting on site, right?), like I do with my Tupelo leaves - my most dependable tree for fall colors.  Nyssa sylvatica is native to the East Coast but is a great garden tree almost [...]

Why I Love Light (and a Selfie Suggestion)

– Posted in: Garden Musings, Garden Photography, Succulents
Sunlight reveals the veining of a trumpet flower.

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
Juglans nigra - Black Walnut tree; Arnold Arboretum

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 [...]

6 Tips for Garden Photography

– Posted in: Garden Photography
Spring tulip bed seen through balustrade, Filoli Garden in spring, California

Longtime readers of Gardening Gone Wild will recognize most of the tips in Think Like A Camera, the second book in my series of PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops. "The first lesson in all my garden photography workshops is to 'think like a camera.' Your camera is a tool, which can only take a picture when [...]