WILD HOPE

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:

 

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Here’s the spread with my photo – the detail of sword fern fiddleheads in the corner:

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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.

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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):

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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.

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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!


35 comments

  1. Congratulations, Lynn! Your photos are always fantastic, so I’m not at all surprised that someone discovered you! I hope you will be able to market them one day; you never know, this article may lead to something else. Excellent! 🙂

    • You’re a great booster, Cathy, thank you. Looks like you had quite the interesting trip! Have you seen Chillbrook’s blog? Click on it where he left a comment below – he spends a lot of time in Iceland. I will take more time to look at your photos soon!

    • You know, I thought of you (and a few others whose first language isn’t English) when I wrote this, wondering about how difficult that word might be. It IS a fabulous word! Glad you looked it up.

  2. Congratulations Lynn. It’s a very nice honor, if the photo will be published in a magazine. Don’t think about serendipity 😉 It’s great!
    My favorite is the b/w picture, looks like a fairy tale. I like it so much
    Best regards kiki

  3. Congratulations Lynn. It’s wonderful when our work is recognised and used in this way. A very well deserved break, your photographs of the natural world in which we live are wonderful and promote the beauty and the need to protect, the world around us!

  4. Congrats on the published pic, my friend, great stuff!!! And I especially like the second of the “other” photos (the close up), and the mono study below that – wonderful! Adrian

    • Those fern spores (technically sporangium I think) are cool – I love to look at the back of fern leaves and see them. Glad you liked the black and white – it almost in infrared look but I didn’t intend that. Once I saw how the light was behaving in post though, I went with it. Thanks you!

  5. I’ve no doubt you will Lynn 🙂 you’ve such an instinctive eye for the beautiful details in the natural world as well as the big picture I’m not surprised at your news . Many congratulations and well deserved x

  6. This is so cool Lynn, a beautiful magazine and a perfect spot for your incredible capture ~ and the photos of this post show such a unique and natural view of the world that many will never see. You’ve an incredible eye for beauty.

  7. Your photos are fabulous, and well deserving of publication. Their selection (in both cases) should offer encouragement for more intentional marketing in the future. One reason I’ve resisted seeking publication — even of magazine articles — is that I simply don’t want to spend the time it would require. But your photos are better than my writing, I think, and it should be easy as pie for you! Besides: who doesn’t love a fiddlehead?

  8. Just reentering normality from vacation. My lateness in reading your news and seeing these photos gives me a chance to say that I echo with all my heart the good thoughts, opinions, and wishes the others have already sent you. Really like the contrasting shapes in the first wide-angle photo the beautiful and myriad tones of the black and white photo of this post. I never would have known the last photo was of hosta sprouts. Really neat photo. Keep going, Lynn! You’re work is so inspiring—always making me want to pick up the camera.


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