While Benny and I were on our nightly three mile jaunt "around the block", we passed many patches of these Wild Strawberry plants. It dawned on me while selecting a few to take home to the studio, how consistently diminutive the first blooms of Spring are in the Northwoods. This is especially true when compared to the chorus of entrees in mid to late summer, most of which are many feet tall and rich in color (compared to the mostly white flowers of Spring). While I am sure professional botanists with a background in natural selection would be able to proffer a theoretical construct as to why this is, Benny and I remain ignorant but blissful observers of the phenomenon.
Tip for Photographing Wildflowers in the Studio:
Arranging delicate stems, stalks, and fowers under studio lighting is often frought with challenges. Perhaps foremost, is the decision on how to proceed with holding and positioning your subject. Over the years I have experimented with a variety of methods, from attempting to find vases with compatible and "right-sized" openings, to alligator style electrical clips. I recently came onto an idea that has worked better than anything hitherto and can be purchased for a few bucks at the Dollar Store-food bag clips. They generally come in a variety of sizes and pinch tightly and securely. You can then take one or both of the protuding handles and place it inside of a vase to gain the right height and hold everything still.