The Wildflower Collection is, and will always be, one of my favorites. My appreciation is based on the diversity of wildflowers, as well as the fact that photographing them has become a traditional rite of early spring hikes. Lying on the wet cold ground, in March and April, attempting to capture the essence of a Spring Beauty or False Garlic bloom is something I look forward to every year.
The 2018 collection focuses primarily on spring ephemerals, those spring wildflowers that abruptly appear in the spring, bloom for a short period of time, and then just as quickly disappear. I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times I’ve missed an anticipated bloom event because of a day or two delay. My favorite example is that of a patch of Wild Hyacinths I came across during an Ozark hike in 2015, coming across them in their early bloom. Visually triangulating their location, I left with plans to return and photograph them at their peak. I then returned two days later, and was not only unsuccessful in finding them, but three years later and I haven’t found them since. And they are relatively big! So, in short, I’ve been outfoxed by a plant. Current score Wild Hyacinth 3, me 0.