My new photographer friend Jim Oliver invited me to shoot photos at his annual “field trip” to his neighbor George’s amazing rose garden. I met Jim at the 6th Avenue Farmers Market, where he was selling his prints in a booth. I especially liked his work because he shoots what I like to shoot: flowers, leaves, trees, nature, landscapes. I bought a print of some Japanese maple leaves (of course I did; I can’t get enough of Japanese maples).
For the past three years, Jim has invited photographers to join him on this excursion. There must be hundreds of varieties in George’s garden, and they’re all labeled with small placards. He has been doing this for about 30 years, and has some rose varieties that don’t exist anywhere else in the world, as far as he and the local rose society know.
Being surrounded by endless rows of stunning rosebushes was overwhelming in the best kind of way. So many things to shoot! So many angles! I experimented with my macro filters, and Jim pointed out one of the few roses with water droplets left from the morning sprinkler. I probably spent 15 minutes shooting just that one rose.