Likely the last Calla for her this Spring, as the season progresses and introduces both wildflowers and an assundry of my perennials and exotic annuals. I have never seen the gardens this tall in the first of June. We have had many inches of rain over a ten day period. Our rivers are swollen to the top of the banks and trout fishing is out of the question. On the bright side, everything is green, lush, and ahead of schedule. With our growing season about three weeks shorter than downstate, my fellow Northwoods gardeners will take every break we can muster. The Wild Columbine on the Southern Fenceline are blooming, but not quite ready for the studio. I noticed the Ox-Eye Daisies are beginning to bloom on the way home from the clinic this evening. Most artists are very visual folk, so it is not surprising that many across the history of the arts have had stupendous gardens. French impressionist painter, Claude Monet, immediately comes to mind. We saw his infamous water lilly paintings from Giverny at the Art Institute of Chicago on one of our first excursions there to see a photo exhibit. Giverny is about 45 miles west of Paris and Monet bought it in 1883 and resided there until his death in 1926 (the year my parents were born).
Plans for the weekend will be dictated by rain again. I would like to work on some more SX-70 triptych shots at the big lake by the Porcupine Mountains, in addition to Union River. Perhaps a trip to our old Church between Ontonagon and Rockland. Also plan on using the Holga for the first time in a decade. I had to read up on PMK developer and re-learn my times for Ilford HP-5 and Pan F, it has been so long. The first roll will be an experiment at that. Benny needs a combing and bath. Sunday, Tom and I will go fishing in the afternoon, at some lakes he knows of in Iron County that I have not fished. Exploring new water is fun. Last weekend he, Eric, and I fished the Bond Falls Flowage in a place he knew of and we ended up with a nice mess of Black Crappie (and they were VERY black indeed from the stained water).
I ordered the newly released Francis Luke Accord CD, "Fluke" today from their website. Nice to support these talented young musicians who hail from South Bend and now live and record in Chicago.
Thankful it is Friday. Wishing you a good weekend.
"When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one and a lily with the other." Chinese Proverb