Thursday, January 20, 2011

If I Could Do It Over Again....

I have commented to Laurence numerous times that if I had my life choices to make over again I would have chosen differently when it comes to my job. I have an associate degree in Landscape and Nursery Management and except for a few years have never worked in the field. If money were no object, I would go to school to learn about photography and then I would be one of those people out there photographing wildflowers and designing my own guide that you would pay big bucks for at the visitor's center so you could identify the wildflowers you saw on your vacation. Instead I just take the pictures for my own enjoyment. Mine would be a guide to the Wildflowers of the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming. 
Here is the first installment.  
 The pictures above and below are Indian Blanketflower (Gaillardia aristata)  it blooms June-September, can grow in poor soil and with drought conditions.

 One-flowered Wintergreen (Moneses uniflora), (above) it blooms June-August. I can't tell you how excited I was when I found this. It is the first time I have ever run onto it. These are so cool. From the top they look like a puffy pillow. The bottom picture is a picture of the blossom that you would see if you were an ant looking up. They grow in shady, moist areas.

 Elephanthead (Pedicularis groenlandica) (above and below) blooms June-August. Don't you love the little blossoms.... you can tell where the name came from. Look at the little ears and trunk!! Love them!

Pussytoes (Antennaria rosea) (above)blooms June-September. So pretty and soft looking. 
Mountain Bluebells (Mertensia ciliata) growing by the water.  


  1. I love wildflowers, one of my favorite things to do it take a hike in the mountain meadows when everything is in bloom.

  2. Beautiful! It's not too late to start a new career after retirement.

  3. Mother nature can fill up a camera faster than a speeding bullet! I remember back in the day taking the 35 mm Canon on day trips as a kid with my mom.

    Wow, we'd shoot 5 rolls of film easy!

    Now, with today's digital cameras one can actually afford to take 1,000's of photos :)

    Great post!

  4. OH Aunt Sidney. You should do it! Those photographs are lovely. Chris and I travel so much you can't imagine how many "non professional" guides that we have picked up that are area specific.

    ONe was just a book for the coastal area of Georgia on birds that you find in that area. The photographs were not nearly as beautiful as these. The author did a free bird guide watching at a local park. We went on his free tour that he set up with the park rangers and then we bought his book. He self published it and then market it on Amazon too. We adore the simple "specific" book. I still have it!

  5. Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing! It's never too late to follow your dream!

  6. You captured some great shots. Love the photos!

  7. Thanks to everyone for all your kind words!! I love the feeling of validation!! :)

  8. (This is a good subject that I have thought alot about in the past and the present, too.) Thanks for stopping by one of my blogs. Lovely pictures! I've noticed a lot of people love photography--I would like to do something like that for personal enjoyment. Any recommendations on a starter camera?

    P.S. I'm a native of Glasgow MT -- NE corner -- 3rd generation, Baileys, grew up in the LDS Branch there.

  9. Kim,
    I don't have recommendations for a camera. I lucked out and my employer bought mine for me. I'd have NEVER been able to get it for myself.
    We live in Colstrip, MT SE corner, we have a very small ward here.

  10. I love flowers and I love taking pictures of flowers but I never do anything with the pictures. :) I love this post!!


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