Saxon Holt

Dry Summer

– Posted in: Garden Photography
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We expect summers to be dry here in California.  It's a summer-dry or Mediterranean climate of wet winters and rainless summers.  Gardeners learn to adapt and use plants that are native to summer-dry climates. But this year is particularly hard on gardeners because it is particularly dry .  We have not had rainy winters recently, [...]

Vacation in Maui

– Posted in: Garden Travels
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Was I just in Maui County, Hawaii ?  Was last week a dream ?  And are there really gardens there ? First, lest anyone be concerned that the hurricane that struck Hawaii last week ruined my family vacation, I can only post photos of the damage.  The plumeria trees shook off their flowers, littering the [...]

Lavender Harvest – Photo Shoot

– Posted in: Garden Photography
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I have just started working on a new herb book and most of the photos need to come from my library, so I began sifting through the inventory.  Look what I found.  What fun I had shooting this lavender harvest. Lavender is an iconic herb.  There are entire books on the subject, but for this book there would [...]

This is New Mexico ?

– Posted in: Garden Photography, Garden Travels
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It is such fun to enter a botanic garden with no expectations, not knowing what, or if, there will be anything to photograph. I was in New Mexico recently, among other things photographing the Domenici Courthouse, a Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™) project. SITES™, the landscape equivalent of LEED, now has projects becoming certified and I [...]

Photographing in a Garden

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When you want to photograph a garden get inside it. By this I don't mean walk off the street and step inside the fence, or move from the backyard patio onto the lawn or path.  Immerse yourself in the garden, get under a tree, look through a gate, get behind a bench. By doing this you will give your [...]