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Saxon Holt

Disturbance at The Sea Ranch

Disturbance at The Sea Ranch

The Sea Ranch is legendary in the annals of California Coastal development.  In the early 1960’s, ten miles of the Sonoma Coast was designated for development, in an era before there was any regulatory agency overseeing coastal development. Now, and as a result of such development, the California Coastal Commission has clamped down on every permit. Yet, despite the hundreds of homes built and thousands of lots,... Read More »

Favorite Photos 2014

Favorite Photos 2014

Gardening Gone Wild is bringing back the Picture This photo contest and since I am the judge I may as well follow up my own advice: “… a chance to look back at a whole year of photos and get your files organized.” I have huge backlogs of photos that I barely know I have.  On my assignments it’s easy, even mandatory to organize my files.  I process them and put them in my catalog with all sorts... Read More »

PhotoBotanic.com – Self-Publishing Experiment

PhotoBotanic.com – Self-Publishing Experiment

At launch of my new e-pub site, PhotoBotanic.com, one book is ready, 3 more scheduled. I have spent 30+ years in garden publishing, and am still standing.  I sold my first photograph 42 years ago.  Along the way I have received some nice awards and have been the sole photographer for so many books I have lost count; 21, I think? I now safely qualify as a veteran in this publishing biz and am delighted to see all the ... Read More »

Garden Photography Workshop

Garden Photography Workshop

  I offer garden photograph workshops all around the country.  Built around my book “The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshop” and the photo lessons at the Learning Center at PhotoBotanic.com, the workshops offer an opportunity to sharpen your skills and focus your concentration with an assignment theme for reach workshop. You can do this on your own, by giving yourself an assignment, something to wor... Read More »

Sunflower ‘Vincent’

Sunflower ‘Vincent’

Part of the commercial flower shoot for Sakata Seeds at the California Spring Trials were sunflowers, the variety ‘Vincent’.  To get them for the spring shoot in California they were flown in from Holland, where they waited for two weeks until the show, when I was on site to take pictures. No, they did not look surreal and deformed, but I was excited all day as they called to me from the edge of the staging  room set... Read More »

Lawn Reform

Lawn Reform

I am a member of the Lawn Reform Coalition, a group of garden designers and environmental advovates who are promoting new ways to think about the American fetish for lawns.  Since my own particular advocacy is for sustainability, and most recently, meadow gardening specifically, I thus welcome the opportunity to be a part of this group. I hope you will allow me a bit of personal pontificating about the idea of lawn r... Read More »

Dawn at the Cape

Dawn at the Cape

Sometimes the less said about the creative process, the better.  Sometimes I just want to do my work and move on. If you like this computer altered photo of dawn at the beach in North Truro during my recent trip to Cape Cod, I will be most pleased if you stop reading now. Here is a larger size to better appreciate the alteration. Thanks for stopping by.  The photo should be appreciated for what it is.  Explaining it ... Read More »

A Blur is a Blur

A Blur is a Blur

I don’t know where the blurriness of my left eye has led me.  Did I “see” these blurry water reflections, or did I just get lucky ? Standing by the edge of this pond in Mettawa, Illinois late in the afternoon of a long day of shooting, I felt an unwelcome wind pick up and ripple the fine reflections I anticipated shooting.  Day is done, no more garden photos now. But wait, I can still take photos.  ... Read More »

Hardy Succulents – The Book

Hardy Succulents – The Book

When Gwen Steege, my editor at Storey Books, asked if I would be interested in a succulent book, I could hardly believe my ears.  I live in California where succulents have become a staple of gardens.  Many a great fine art photographer has studied them.  Their shape, colors, and form offer never-ending variety. I couldn’t wait to start.  Then I talked to the author. The best assignments offer the opportunity to stud... Read More »

Grasses – The Book

Grasses – The Book

Grasses – Versatile Partners for Uncommon Garden Design was my first book with Story Publishing and the first time I teamed up with a writer to author a book.  And boy, was I glad to team up with Nancy Ondra, the extraordinary gardener and wonderful writer, way cross country in Pennsylvania. We worked across the country and only met once, but the collaboration was classic and we created a book that has sold mor... Read More »