What’s The Big Deal About Plants?
My fascination with plants didn’t begin until after college. I’ve never studied them academically. Instead, my education focused on the fine arts, specifically photography. But I’ve buried my head in many garden books, subscribed to magazines, and read countless articles about every new plant that I’ve come across. Master gardening classes at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens taught me about propagation techniques, native plants, and landscape design.
In recent years, more often than not, my camera has been pointed at botanical subjects. Both in the natural landscape and in gardens. This wasn’t always the case, but as my love for plants grew, I found myself wanting to photograph them.
A Botanical Road Trip
For most of my life, I’ve lived in Western Pennsylvania. Frequent visits to public parks and hikes through the Allegheny Mountains familiarized me with the plants native to this region. Wild ginger (Asarum canadense) holds a special place in my heart. As does eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis), early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum), Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), and so many other beauties that call Pennsylvania’s lush woodlands home.