This is dedicated to the good people at West Pottawattamie Master Gardeners and the Loveland Garden Club (Omaha). I had a great time leading photography learning workshops at both. The iris was courtesy of Loess Hills Floral Studio.
Here's a thistle I recently found in a local prairie preserve here in Council Bluffs. They're not the easiest flower to handle, obviously, but they're worth the trouble. Thanks to everybody who visited my display at Lauritzen Gardens over the summer. It was an incredible experience.
Well, the good folks at Lauritzen Gardens asked if I would extend my show until September 14, and I thought about it for a quarter second before answering yes. I'd be a fool not to, right? This is one in a new batch of prints I dropped off at the Gardens yesterday to replace some that have been either sold or stolen. I'm kind of hoping for the latter, since nothing sells like a scandal. They say that you know you've made it when people start stealing your work. I'm not necessarily condoning theft, but it is the theme of my show (A Theft in the Garden), so if I'm on the receiving end of it, I kind of had it coming. Plus, if you know me, I'm not always one to take the high road.
As I explained in my last post, I bought a bunch of nigella from one of the vendors at an Omaha farmers' market last weekend. It's a flower of many dramatic faces, and here's another example.
I had some time to go wildflower hunting yesterday and found myself in a field of these little pink and white flowers. I learned this morning that they are fittingly called crown vetch, or axseed. I can only assume that I've seen them countless times throughout my life, but I just never took a closer look. A Google search told me that they are considered invasive in many areas, that they are poisonous in large quantities to horses, and that they provide excellent erosion-resisting groundcover. They're also ubiquitous and hardy, which many find to be unforgivable qualities in plants of all kinds.
You would laugh if you saw how small this "vase" is. The clematis is from my mother-in-law's flower garden.