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Seeing ‘Roger’s Red’

Some days, simply venturing out with the camera is truly a tonic.  With full intent to go capture some photo or another, I escape the office, get out of doors, needing, indeed craving for photos to wash over me, allow me to click a...

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...

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. ...

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...

Autumn Leaves, Vermont Pond

These leaves were photographed last autumn when I visited my cousin in Vermont.  I drove all across the state looking for fall color and then found this scene by a pond behind her property in rural Proctorsville.  Something to be learned about not driving...

My Father Died Today

Aug. 15, 1914 - Jan. 12, 2011     My father died today. Micajah Quincy Holt (1914-2011). And that is the end. I guess. ::: (am i sad ?) ::: I walk into the garden, Where my father taught me. The sky is too huge Everywhere He is smiling broadly That sly warm wink “Sax, I’m here. It’s wonderful. I slipped in.” ::: We...

Interpretations – Magnolia Glow

A recent assignment took me to a very special magnolia in a very special, private garden.  The resulting photo was to be a surprise gift, and I was only allowed access during one afternoon when the owner was away. I previously wrote about this adventure on Gardening...

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...

M’Eyes and The Goldfinch

"Between 'reality' on the one hand, and the point where the mind strikes reality, there's a middle zone, a rainbow edge where beauty comes into being, where two very different surfaces mingle and blur to provide what life does not: and this is a space...

M'Eyes

I have a very unusual optic nerve – my left.  I have often, rather flippantly, credited my career choice as a photographer to my optic nerve coloboma.  It has never been more than a fascinating curiosity to optometrists; until now, after the detached retina...