Monday, May 9, 2016


Wild Hyacinth
On the first of May I set up an account on Instagram.

Although I've been told Instagram is where the cool kids hang out, I was reluctant to do that for several reasons.


I already have this sorely neglected blog, a website I've never finished building, a Twitter account I have no idea what to do with (I don't get Twitter. I'm trying to be a team player, but I just don't get it. It's just all these fractional thoughts whizzing by at the speed of light.) and a Facebook account I spend way too much time cruising.

(Although I'm proud to say I've never played a single round of Candy Crush. On the other hand, I'm a total sucker for those Buzzfeed quizzes.where you find out which Jane Austen character you'd be.)

Given these facts, you may ask, "Why the heck do you want an Instagram account?"

Lilies of the Valley (from my yard)
Because of wildflowers.

On Saturday mornings I hike at a local preserve with Pauline Pruden Persing, whose hands you see holding the Dogwood blossoms. We stroll through the woods and take pictures of wildflowers. We've been doing this for several years. Pauline is a painter and a photographer and a wildflower fancier and she has a great blog.

Over the years, she's taught me a tiny bit about which wildflowers are which and what constitutes good composition for a photograph.

Shooting Star

Plus Instagram is all pictures. It just takes a second to look at a post and get this little hit of beauty. Unlike Twitter, which appears to be all self-promotion and huh?

My plan is to try to post one picture of a flower every day. The pictures on this page represent my first week's efforts. (No idea what I'll do when winter comes.)

If that sounds like something you'd enjoy, come join the fun. I stuck a button in the upper right-hand corner of this page to make it easy.

Nodding Trillium seen from below


  1. I bet you have to have a phone to do that! I am still phone free!!!!! Those are some wonderful wildflowers, Pauline is a good teacher :)

  2. I love your pictures, but have avoided Instagram, largely for reasons you mention yourself. Although, if you are not going to post them in here... maybe even weekly? Hint, hint, hint, I may consider. Beautiful photographs inspire my painting, though I would NEVER steal someone's photo to create a painting! A group of inspiring photos of one place, or a type of plant often result in a dream of a painting for me. But even if they don't, I just love nature from unusual angles--cannot get into it myself because of mobility issues, so I bet there are others beside me who can live vicariously through your work!


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