Photographing The Butchart Gardens in the Spring

Similar to what I wrote in my previous post, Photographing Vancouver in the Spring, I had photographed The Butchart Gardens in the summer previously but was my first time visiting during the spring. On my previous visit, we arrived when it opened and spent all day there shooting photos until the late evening hours since they …

Photographing Vancouver in the Spring

The Vancouver area is a place that I’m fairly familiar with. My parents took me there when I was a kid to see Expo ’86, I revisited with my mom several years ago when we spent 12 days photographing the area, and I was most recently there two years ago. Given where I am in …

Wild in Arizona: Book Review

Nature photographer, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry sent me a copy of Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers – A Guide to When, Where & How in exchange for a honest book review. Colleen co-authored the book with fellow Arizona photographer, Paul Gill. I was not familiar with either photographer’s work prior to receiving the book so I …

Seeing Gardens

When people think of garden photography the first thing that usually comes to mind is flower closeups. There is actually a lot more to photograph than just flower pictures. The things I usually look for are landscape, architecture and flora abstracts. In my favorite garden photos, flowers are more of an ornamental element than as …

A Love-Hate Relationship

I’m curious to know how many other photographers out there who are allergic to pollen? Whenever I am around flowers, my allergies are so bad that I basically get sick for several days after. This is as cruel of a joke as there is for nature photography. See more of my flower pictures.

The American Dream

Most photographers that shoot nature and travel probably have dreams of traveling the world to all sorts of exotic locations nine months of the year becoming the next Art Wolfe. I think Art Wolfe is an amazing photographer with an even more amazing work ethic but not everyone is cut out for that sort of …

Beacon Hill Park

This photo is for the waitress at Gatsby Mansion Inn & Restaurant. On our first night in Victoria, it was raining quite hard so we pretty much had the entire restaurant to ourselves. They have great food by the way! Anyway, so we had this very friendly waitress serving us and had a nice long …

Queen Elizabeth Park

Before the trip, Ron Niebrugge had mentioned that the grass in Vancouver had turned yellow due to the drought. I didn’t realize how bad it was until I saw Queen Elizabeth Park. Just about the entire perimeter of the park was full of dead grass apparently since Vancouver doesn’t have any sprinklers installed at the …

Minter Gardens

“Today is not really a good day to be outside.” – the girl who works at the Chilliwack visitor center describing the weather to me. It is probably not a surprise to most people that it rains quite a bit in the Pacific Northwest. Day 3 was no exception. It rained pretty much the entire …