For decades I have marveled at (and been envious of) the perform of photographer Caitlin Atkinson who captures gardens, interiors, and however lifes with a serene, dreamy, almost ethereal sense. She is a master of capturing the sun as it shines comfortable and warm, as it creates glowing halos all-around vegetation, highlighting and hugging simultaneously.
Most not too long ago Caitlin photographed landscapes for the guide Beneath Western Skies: Visionary Gardens from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Coast, created by Jennifer Jewell, that spotlights revolutionary and inspiring gardens in the West. Caitlin’s work, of program, involves just about continuous globe-trotting, but when she is ready to be at a person of her individual residences, both in Nevada City or Santa Cruz, you can come across her digging and tending her have patches of grime.
Both equally Caitlin’s gardens have distinctive models as they respond to distinct climates and options. The Nevada Metropolis one particular, in the foothills in the vicinity of the Yuba River, is, as Caitlin describes it, “more of a delicate color tale.” One particular location of the backyard is made up mainly of blues and is situated in a incredibly sunny, dry, and incredibly hot place, and she also has a fescue meadow that she continues to seed and plant into. “The drought has more of an impression right here, together with the threat of fires.”
The Santa Cruz backyard garden, on the other hand, is a seashore cottage with additional colorful plantings. And even nevertheless the backyard will get solar all day, the proximity to the ocean generates a incredibly delicate local climate. “The most difficult things to function with there are the sand for soil, the wind off the ocean, and the salt air,” shares Caitlin.
Join us for a nearer appear at her two gardens.
Photography by Caitlin Atkinson.