I have a love-hate relationship with wildflower guidebooks. On the one hand, they are essential if you want to identify wildflowers out on the trails. On the other hand… gawd, the photography can be simply terrible.

Here’s a good example from one of my favorite guides.

Really? That’s the best they could do?

I decided last summer to write my own flower guidebook. I started on a project to photograph the flowers of Colorado the right way. Sharp, distinctive, maybe even a little artistic. I’m going to set up some pages on the website to store my draft images, and I’ll highlight them from time to time on this blog. Here is the first set:

Colorado Columbine (Aquilegia coerulea)
Colorado Columbine (Aquilegia coerulea)
Rocky Mountain Clematis (Clematis columbiana)
Rocky Mountain Clematis (Clematis columbiana)
Spotted Coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata)
Spotted Coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata)
Horsetails (Equisetum arvense)
Horsetails (Equisetum arvense)
Richardson's Geranium (Geranium richardsonii)
Richardson’s Geranium (Geranium richardsonii)

So will I actually go through with this? Write text to accompany the photos, find a publisher, and all of the other hundred tasks required to write and publish a guidebook?

Don’t be ridiculous- of course, I won’t. But it’s a fun excuse to keep shooting wildflowers, and that’s good enough for me.

The Wildflower Project

4 Replies to “The Wildflower Project”

    1. Sorry, just went to look at these now. Are you asking about the photos in your post from April 16? If so, looks like you already got an answer. 🙂

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