Shadow Play

Late summer wildflowers, angled northern light, fallen petals, an old book, an empty frame…

An empty frame collects flower shadows, their reflections, and reflections of sky and trees beyond.

                            Half  Hours in Field and Forest by the Rev. J.G. Wood,  NY 1886.

This image is less about shadows and more about framing the bouquet. Most of these wildflowers were picked along an unused railroad track near home. The Buddleia, or Butterfly Bush, has escaped cultivation, springing up along roadsides and other neglected spaces. Same with the California Poppy. Fireweed (Epilobium augustifolium) is a native whose seed fluff was used by indigenous tribes here in blankets & mattresses. The tansy is an introduced weed – I can see why someone would “introduce” the tansy, with those bright yellow button flowers and its herby scent.

Here’s the whole lot of them in an old dented silver pitcher that belonged to my grandmother.


  1. o, Lynn, thank you so very much for this beautiful flower gift!! With pleasure I follow your thoughts from the first playful arrangement of colorand schadow to the last one, this astonishing red on the old silver background.

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    • This is a small poppy, a wildflower that is very common in California and grows less often here in Washington State, which is colder. They are found sometimes on the side of the road, by railroad tracks, etc. I love them, they are very bright, and the shape is very elegant and simple. It’s a real pleasure to share the photographs with you! 🙂

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