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summer's end

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Purple False Foxglove Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.  ~Stanley Horowitz

Yesterday I had a few moments in my garden.  I picked the last of the tomatoes (soon be green tomato chutney), raked leaves, cut back the peonies, and planted a few more daffodil bulbs.  It's a bittersweet time.  I'm relieved to be finishing up the chores, but already begin to mourn the garden's bounty.

This year I planted the base for a formal herb garden complete with a boxwood hedge.  The geometry of such a garden is to reign in my more casual gardening style, to add a bit of structure to it.  I also want a garden that brings year round pleasure.  I love the look of these hedges peeking through the snow. A textured oval on a blank white canvas.

In the meantime, I continue to work on "Glass Prairie," adding more to those already captured.

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Tall Bellflower

©2010 Violet Wood Sorrel

Photo credits: Larry Sanders.

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©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Prairie Blazing Star

"Man's heart away from nature becomes hard."  --  Standing Bear

One of the greatest compliments I have received about this new collection came from the curator at the West Chicago City Museum where the work was was on exhibit this past summer.  Children who were to do plant identification while on a walk through a small stretch of native prairie were rained out.  Instead, they came to the museum and proceeded to walk through my "prairie.  To know that my likeness of the originals is close enough for children to identify is very gratifying.

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Wood Lilly

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Aster

Photo credits: Larry Sanders

more from the prairie

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Texas Blue Bonnet

I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Afternoon on a Hill"

A few more flowers to share.  The Texas Blue Bonnet was inspired by the work of Dalene Kelly who has written several books on the subject.  I find since I began this series, I am more attuned to the structure of flowers in a way I was not even while taking botany classes.  I have a small prairie patch in my backyard, but I always took the flowers for granted.  Plant them properly, give them the conditions they prefer and flowers will come.  I oddly enough didn't think much about the structure of the blossoms themselves.  These days as leaves turn and drop to the ground, I examine them not just for their exquisite colors, but to also study their edges.  "How could I make this one" is the ever present question.

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer trillium

The above is purple trillium despite its bright red color.  It's also known as Stinking Benjamin.  How did wildflowers get such odd names?

This final flower is wild hyacinth, an prairie treat.

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Wild HyacinthPhoto Credit: Larry Sanders

a few more flowers

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Mexican Hat Flower"Earth laughs in flowers."  -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Though the days are cooler, my garden is still a riot of color. The burning bush is a gorgeous red and the hostas are turning golden.  Sedum, black-eyed susans and phlox dot the landscape adding dashes of brick, lavender and yellow.  I sit from my office window amazed by the beauty.  

I don't know if I will ever be able to capture the exact richness of a flower unfolding under a bright sunny day, but I enjoy the attempt.

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer purple cone flower
©2010 Lindsay Obemeyer phlox
Photo Credit - Larry Sanders.

a glass prairie, the flowers

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Wild Onion
"To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower 

Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour."

-- William Blake

I've had A Glass Prairie photographed in its entirety.  Each flower and then a full collection.  My studio is small and provides little space for me to back up and reflect upon my work, so it is in the photographer's studio that I feel I am first introduced to it in its finished state.  As always, Larry Sanders does an amazing job capturing my work.  

©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Solomon's Seal
©2010 Lindsay Obermeyer Brown Eyed Susan

The featured flowers are Wild Onion (a nod to Chicago's namesake), Solomon's Seal and Brown Eyed Susan.