I started learning herbs from an ethnobotanist and so even on the first day of class we were out wildcrafting. I remember circling around the cedar tree, giving thanks, and then gathering needles to make an infused oil. I asked her what plantain was, later she pointed out her comfrey beginning to grow for the season and I was absolutely hooked. Wildcrafting for food and medicine just made sense to me, an inherent human right had been reestablished.
We harvest a lot of food and medicine for our household. My husband Xavier matches my enthusiasm for medicinal plants with his enthusiasm to harvest wild foods. Together we make a great team.
In the past year or so my wildcrafting has taken a different tone. As excited as I get about finding healthy stands of plants for harvesting, I now have a new tool in hand - my camera.
Plant photography has opened up a whole new world of plants for me. Capturing plants on film challenges me to really know my plants well. My end goal for the photos I take is to wow the audience by letting the plant speak for itself.
In this blog post I'll share some of my favorite photos and give some of the stories behind the photo.
Henriette's site. My paternal family has lived in the Escalante area for almost 200 years. Seeing this plant I wondered how many thousands of years it had lived in the area.
A 10 minute hike for most people is usually more like an hour hike for me. Capturing one good photo can take me quite awhile. I like to spend time with the plant, see it from different angles, notice the ecosystem it's growing in, and literally, smell the roses. I also enjoy small details like little frogs on rose leaves.
And spiders on yarrow flower buds.
Last summer while stalking pipsissewa, my husband who's a tracker, pointed out a recent bear track. We never did find it on the hike. This was a disappointment to my husband and a relief for me.
Another hiker went by on the trail below us. He asked whatever in the world we were looking at. "Flowers," replied Xavier. Oh, said the man, shaking his head down the trail.
Sometimes it's not about the what it's about the when. Raindrops can be some of the most magnificent art in nature.
Sometimes it's about the perspective. This small weedy wonder becomes a giant in the setting sun.
And sometimes it's not about the what but the where. Although my focus is macro, the joy comes from being out in nature, seeing the awe inspiring beauty of our earth.
This blog post is part of the blog party hosted by Darcey Blue on the topic of Herbal Adventures