I am terrible at keeping up on my blog. I have heard that it’s better not to have a blog than have one that you never write in. Experts might have a point there. However, every time I think of shutting it down, I feel like I’m losing a puppy. It’s fun to play with, and you feel heart-broken when it’s gone.
However, I’ll try to keep my sporadic blog posts interesting. This one is about seasonal flowers in Michigan. Specifically, seasonal flowers that I frequently take advantage of while shooting. As I’m not a botanist in any sense of the word, I am going to give you Rachel’s interpretation of each flowers. Which means it’s mostly based on what I think of each flower—true or not. Part of my interpretation of nature is that everything pretty is a flower. I regretfully don’t care if it’s invasive or not. I know I should, but I don’t. IF it’s pretty, I am very happy to have it in Clarkston, Michigan.
Mid-June to mid-July. Crown Vetch. This purple flower has been called invasive to Michigan. I LOVE IT. Possibly my favorite flower, and I adore purple. This flower has the added bonus of being everywhere (invasive), and being a type of ground cover. I love photographing in this stuff.
It’s frequently found in roadside ditches.
This is Madeleine. She loves crown vetch too.
Ox Eye Daisy blooms in June. It came from Europe. So maybe it’s invasive too. Great choice to bring it on over.
Queen Annes Lace. July. Did you know this is a wild carrot? That’s awesome. If we get really hungry during a shoot, we can eat this plant. Be careful to not confuse it with wild hemlock. Wild hemlock is also very photogenic, but not edible, and is in fact, deadly. My minor internet research says that it can kill cattle in as little as 15 minutes. Oh well, it’s still a lovely plant for photoshoots.
Abby sat in a bed of poison hemlock.
Good thing we relocated to a safer place…
These lovely weed flowers are called spotted knapweed, and bloom from July to mid-to-late August. I read they’ve been in Michigan since 1911. Another great invasive plant addition for my photography. Unfortunately, it can be toxic to other plants and can be a skin irritant to some people. But hey–lots of plants can irritate skin. Let’s not forget our other Michigan invasive plant, POISON IVY, which I will not highlight today. Abby LOVES spotted knapweed.
August session with Kennedy
Late August session with Ashley
And then in September Golden Rod arrives. A highly allergic weed-flower if you happen to have an intolerance to high pollens. It’s beautiful and covers fields completely.
Also still a little bit of color in some fields, mixed with the golden rod in September…
I am ending this blog post with something that is actually native to Michigan. October color.