I’m happy to share the news that a new magazine, Wild Hope, has published one of my photographs in their second issue.
Here’s the magazine:
Here’s the spread with my photo – the detail of sword fern fiddleheads in the corner:
Here’s the photo, taken nearby a few years ago. Sword fern fiddleheads have an amusing twisted way of unfurling in the spring. The fern is plentiful in the Pacific northwest.
Wild Hope magazine’s emphasis is on hopeful stories about maintaining biodiversity on earth. The article my photo accompanied describes Dr. Emily Burns’ work with sword ferns (Polystichum munitum) in California redwood forests, where drought has affected sword fern growth. A Fern Watch Project is underway in California, and anyone can participate (Yes! to citizen science). Data is uploaded and shared on a website, iNaturalist.
The “Wild Hope” is that the sword fern, which responds faster to climate variations than the redwood, will help show which areas of redwood forest are most affected by drought. If I were in California, I would join the effort. As it is, I’m honored to be included in the magazine.
Here are more photos of sword ferns (mostly under Douglas fir trees instead of California redwoods):
A busy “day job” keeps me from marketing my work, but one of these days (OK, years) I’ll retire and get to work on that. Until then, being approached about publishing a photo falls into the realm of lucky breaks. There was one more recently: a book publisher asked to print my photo of sprouting hostas in a textbook. It was taken five years ago. Now, I’d probably make a technically better image, but it has a nice energy.
I haven’t seen the textbook and I don’t know the title – there’s no control over the outcome.
Of course one plus with blogs is that we have a good amount of control over how our photos appear. For now, I’ll concentrate on improving my photography and sharing it with you all online. And when serendipity happens, I’m ready!