When I wear my editorial hat, I tend to seek out plants and gardens when they are at their peak and look their "magazine" best. But when I'm shooting for myself, I often prefer the off season--fall and winter when plants are losing their glory, yet showing their inner beauty and structure. And this applies whether I'm shooting outdoors or bringing something into the study. It's like when I collect shells on the beach: I prefer the worn shells to the pristine ones. And when it comes to people, I tend to be more interested in those whose faces tell a story. To me, there is great beauty in maturity.