The wildflower season has started in earnest at Rauhallinen Farm, with Glory of the Snow, Trout Lily, grape hyacinth, and Bloodroot flowers all in bloom. In walking my acreage, I also noticed that the Lupine leaves and initial stalks are surfacing, to prepare for their grand color show in later June. Many towns in the Northwoods have Lupine festivals to mark the colorful bloom
For my wildflower studio work, I shoot with the Hasselblad 501CM, 120 Makro Planar with various extension tubes, and the Polaroid SX-70, with and without the close up lens attachment. While winter is my favorite season for landscape work in the Northwoods, spring, summer, and fall provide many subjects to be used in still life work in my studio downstairs.
“It is easier to tell a person what life is not, rather than to tell them what it is. A child understands weeds that grow from lack of attention, in a garden. However, it is hard to explain the wild flowers that one gardener calls weeds, and another considers beautiful ground cover.”
― Shannon L. Alder