August 7 column: Garden photography

Garden photography

Here is a link to my column in today’s edition of The Spokesman-Review: Allow garden photography to grow on you. It is about my experiences with garden photography, which is something I get a lot of pleasure from.

I really like my Canon EOS 50D because it enables me to take better quality close-ups.

A funny thing happened while taking the above photo, though. I was trying to take a close shot of a purple Campanula flower. It was pretty bright out at the time. Right as I clicked the shutter, I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I wasn’t sure what it was but when I downloaded the image, lo and behold, I had captured a shot of some type of iridescent green fly that was heading for the flower! If you’re having trouble seeing the fly, just click on the photo itself to view a much larger image.

It’s cool when something unexpected like this happens and it has taught me to really keep my eyes open for potential shots like this.

I hope you enjoy the column. If you have garden photography tips to share with other readers, either leave a comment on this posting or send me an e-mail at