Feb. 6, 2017

oneflower pyrola, Moneses uniflora

If I have a mentor for my botany, it's Dr. Tony Reznicek at the University of Michigan. He has been unbelievably generous. When I was down on my stomach taking this shot, he was watching. He seemed to be a little incredulous. I've always imagined that he wondered why the heck I wasn't using the screen on the camera. Instead, I was contorting myself to look through the viewfinder, at an upward angle. This little plant is only two or three inches tall, with a nodding flower about 2/3 inch across. The biggest part of the answer is that old dogs, or at least this one, really are slow to learn. And I don't have much confidence in my composition skills and ability to steady the camera if I don't have it plastered against my face. In any case, this is the result. This plant grows in coniferous and mixed forests in northern or mountain areas around the world. With us, it is in AK, AZ, CO, CT, ID, MA, ME, MI, MN, MT, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, WY, AB, BC, LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, NT, NU, ON, PE, QC, SK, YT, and SPM. Alger Co MI, 7/14/14