Saxon Holt

I Have Faith

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Republishing this post from last Christmas Eve. To be a gardener, you must have faith.  You must believe you can coax life to bend to your will.  You are a god. This is a spiritual time of year, and a time to renew faith in God.  Whether a personal god, the pagan gods, or a[...]

Making an Art Print

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It is such a relief, a release really, when I can stop my crazy production schedule and create something new.  Too much of what I seem to be doing these days is looking back at old work as I put the final touches on The PhotoBotanic Garden Photography Workshops.  My next post will be the[...]

The Summer-Dry Garden

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I live in California.  In summer I can plan a camping trip and never worry about rain.  I don’t worry about my roses getting beat up in a storm and veggies love all day sun. But I need to irrigate all summer; and so does every farm and every garden – all summer.  It doesn’t rain.[...]

Planning a Workshop

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Whenever I do photography workshops I visit the garden just before to get a head start on what the students will see.  So it was with great delight I recently visited UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. My workshop is from my new PhotoBotanic Garden Photography e-book, the lesson on Composition and Balance, and I needed to see[...]

On the Path to Art

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This will be a bit of a challenge.  Photos are supposed to tell a story, so I present a series of photos without comment. The set up:  I was in Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon looking to add two photos into my lecture “Finding the Photo”.  I always try to add photos that are current and[...]