Saxon Holt

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 [...]

The Truth About Trees

– Posted in: Garden Musings
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I have always felt that too few folks take the time to understand the truth about trees. So I was especially delighted when I read and gazed at Saxon's outstanding photos earlier this week in his post, How to Photograph Trees. I felt as if Saxon's post was an early birthday gift to me. Yes, today [...]

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 [...]

Glass Flowers of Harvard

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Garden Travels
Glass Flowers Exhibit Harvard Museum of Natural History

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 [...]