I have come to learn that photographing nature expands my ability to photograph people.  It is a different skill set that makes a great nature photograph.  I have come across a variety of photographers that create amazing landscape but have no interested in people.  I have found that nature challenges you to look at angles differently.  It challenges to make the ordinary look extraordinary.  It allows your mind to work in a different way.  I think those skills and challenges that nature lends it’s self to allows me to be a better portrait photographer.  I appreciate the chances I get to play with my camera and push myself to something different then I have always done.  I had that chance on a recent trip to California.  We visited a Botanical Garden.  Here are a few of the photographs that I captured.