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Mother Nature does it Best

Cottoneaster Copyright  Andy Richards 1998

Cottoneaster
Copyright Andy Richards 1998

When seeking flower images, there is nothing quite like a “find” of wildflowers. Many of them are quite rare, and a find is exhilarating. At times people who know where these are, can be very secretive about their location.

Columbine Copyright Andy Richards  1999

Columbine
Copyright Andy Richards 1999

Wildflowers tend to be smaller, and it is even more difficult to find that perfect specimen. But they have a very nice presentation and draw to them.

White Trillium Michigan Official State Flower Copyright  Andy Richards 1999

White Trillium
Michigan Official State Flower
Copyright Andy Richards 1999

I have had some very good fortune with wildflowers in Northern Michigan. Michigan’s “state flower” is the White Trillium. I was fortunate to find a great area in Northwestern lower Michigan some years back for these beautiful three-petal wild flowers. When trillium begin to go beyond their maturity, they turn from white, to pink, to purple. I think the right “mature” specimen as every bit as photogenic and pretty as the pure white ones. There are also very rare red trillium. I have not had the good fortune of finding any yet.

Mature White Trillium Copyright Andy Richards 1999

Mature White Trillium
Copyright Andy Richards 1999

Near my Northern Michigan Trillium find, there is a private nature preserve where I found the relatively rare wild orchid known as the Yellow “Lady’s Slipper.” Yellow is one of the most difficult colors to photograph. It is very difficult to capture and display fine detail. My Yellow Lady’s Slipper images illustrate that difficulty. There are at least two other varieties of this wild orchid: the Pink Lady’s Slipper, and the “Showy Lady’s Slipper” (which is a two-toned white and light red color). I have found and photographed the Pink. I have yet to find the showy.

Yellow Lady's Slippers Copyright Andy Richards  1999

Yellow Lady’s Slippers
Copyright Andy Richards 1999

Another entrancing wildflower is the wild swamp iris. Small and delicate, these are very beautiful flowers.  I should have shown more context here, as this closeup image makes the flower appear to be larger than it is “in person.”  All of these images were captured on 35mm film and scanned with my epson desktop scanner.

Blue Flag Iris Copryright  Andy Richards  1998

Blue Flag Iris
Copryright Andy Richards 1998

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