I arrived to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden when the light was just sneaking in, adding color to a million flowers. The birds and bugs started to wake up slowly. I was the only one there with it all.
I was there at the crack of dawn to photograph the meadow while in full bloom. The meadow was restored by Susan Van Atta. As a pioneer in sustainable landscape architecture she creates spaces that are breathtaking. The best part is that we are not the only ones who benefit from this habitat, the plants and animals do too. All the plants and flowers you’ll see below are native from California. There were also lizards, quails and all kids of birds and butterflies, but those a harder to snap.
When photographing these expansive spaces timing is key so I’m always the first one to arrive and the last one to go. There is nothing not to like about walking around a gorgeous garden snapping at flowers, trying to get that bee and trying to get the background mountains under the best light.
It is very inspiring and motivating to see creative work literally blooming and thriving.
I hope you enjoy these photos as I much as I enjoyed taking them.