As Artist in Residence at Pendle Hill, a Quaker retreat center in Southeastern Pennsylvania, I had the extraordinary pleasure of witnessing and photographing the flora of spring 2015 in all its glory. The Brandywine Valley is home to an array of gardens and arboretums, both formal and informal, that offered up an ever-changing buffet of flowers and other flora.


Over the course of about seven weeks, from early April until the end of May, I feasted. I would sometimes visit the same garden two or three times in a week to marvel at the transformations that were occurring and to discover new images that were offered. Many of those images turned out to be momentary openings that I never saw repeated. This collection of images is a sampling of the gifts I received through these experiences.

—David Foster


David Foster is an award-winning fine art nature photographer based in Atlanta. After 30 years of photography as a personal pastime, he discovered his artistic passion and a desire to share his images. He began exhibiting and selling his work in 2006, while living in western Massachusetts.  Since moving to Atlanta in 2008, his images have been part of more than 60 regional, national and international exhibitions, including solo, juried and group shows. His exhibit, Nature’s Essence: Seventy at Seventy, will be in the Discovery Center Gallery at Callaway Gardens during April and May 2016.

In 2014, he collaborated with Julie Hliboki to create a book entitled Breathing Light: Accompanying Loss and Grief with Love and Gratitude. In it, fifty-seven of David’s nature photographs accompany Hliboki’s poems and prose that convey how love, gratitude, and compassion arise over and over again in the midst of suffering.

David was selected as the 2014 recipient of the P.C. Turczyn Award from among a group of fifty international artists chosen by Manhattan Arts International for its exhibit, Celebrate the Healing Power of Art.

His image, “Jekyll Island Dawn,” is part of the Picturing Georgia exhibit in the Atlanta Airport’s International Terminal.   The international juried exhibit Gardens in Focus at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia, included David’s work three years in a row, 2012-2014. His image, “Web of Pearls,” is included in the 2015 book, Inspired Georgia. David’s photographs are held in private and public collections across the United States and internationally.

David is an active member of the Georgia Nature Photographers Association.  He offers nature photography presentations and is a photography instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School.