Saxon Holt

Brooklyn Green Streets

– Posted in: Garden Photography
Gardener's street sign, Hope,, Brooklyn

I didn't expect to be taking garden photos when I visited my daughter in New York City, where she lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area - a "transitional" section of Brooklyn.  But for years Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been sponsoring The Greenest Street in Brooklyn as a neighborhood beautification program and it's inspiring.  My camera phone [...]

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 [...]

Picture This – Spring Photo Contest

– Posted in: Garden Photography
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. So fellow garden bloggers, [...]

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. [...]