If you are enamored with things from days past, the Upper Peninsula will either satiate your cravings, or send them exponential. Aside from many antique and junk dealers, the countryside is dotted with buildings and detritus as far back as two centuries ago. I was photographing an abandoned bus from the 40’s when I came across this 1960’s children’s riding pony under a pile of other discarded items. With a bit of scrubbing and lubricant for the axles, she now looks clean and will ride nicely when my granddaughter visits this fall and will be close to one year old.
The wildflower season has begun in earnest in the Northwoods, with early blooms finding their way into my studio, for both the Polaroid SX-70 and Hasselblad and 120 Makro Planar. Photographing wildflowers has been a passion for many decades. Lots to accomplish in my own gardens this weekend, including digging sod off for yet three more, bringing the total at Rauhallinen Farm to 20….a lot to maintain in the summer, but to me, worth the weeding. Perennial gardening produces ongoing subjects for the studio and provides mindfulness-an opportunity to stay in the present moment without judgment.
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece”
― Claude Monet