Saturday, June 24, 2017

Back to the Bog


Okay, probably not a bog. Rich in grasses – marsh? But trees, too, so – swamp? I like the idea of a fen, but do we have fens in this country? The definitions and descriptions are here (and elsewhere, of course), but it is the reality that is enchanting. Can you hear the bullfrogs? Can you smell the mint? Can you feel the soft morning breeze? As I was busy with my camera, suddenly there came a crashing and splashing, as if an alligator were about to appear, but it was only a frightened deer in hasty, noisy flight, and when the water settled back to a calm surface, everything was as it had been. 





I’m grateful to Dorene for identifying the tufted loosestrife for me, and I am loving another yellow wildflower to fill out the month of June. While coreopsis and St. Johnswort brighten the roadsides, tufted loosestrife rewards the explorer of dark waters, hidden-away wetlands. 




Monday, June 19, 2017

A Glimpse of Blue



I'd gone down this back road to see if the cranes might be out in the field, but as I was passing a wetland area a glimpse of blue made me stop. It was the wild flags, admidst the greenery of ferns and rushes.




What, though, is this nearby yellow flower? Who can identify it for me? 6/20 update: A Detroit friend identified this for me. It is tufted loosestrife. Good to know! Thanks, Dorene!



The lovely dark, watery place shelters many different plants, from large trees to tiny duckweed. And yes, there were frogs, too. There's nothing like a wild place to renew the soul.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This Is It


As spring moves into and through summer, the parade of blooms is captivating, and I look for ways to capture their beauty and magic that will do more than repeat photographs of previous years. After trying various angles and distances this morning with coreopsis (its flowering tells me that we are fast approaching summer’s longest day), I came upon a partly shady corner with dark trees in the background and a road sign with color dimly echoing that of the flowers. It made me so happy I deleted all the other digital files of this year’s coreopsis. Below is my favorite shot from a year ago. Which do you like better?




Monday, May 29, 2017

True Blue


Okay, so hardy geraniums sprawl. It's a small price to pay for their generous nature and beautiful color. These are the true geraniums, related to wild cranesbill and storksbill. They are happy in Michigan. I am happy to share my life with them.