15 Sept 2014 by Madison Woods
Nature and Writer and Photography Journal entry
I’m compiling a photographic journal of ginseng – which will include photos of the plant itself throughout the year, companion plants, habitat and look a-likes. This will be a bigger collection of photos than the previous two books on ginseng. At this time I’m not planning to self-publish it because I’d like to see it in hard-copy form with glossy pages and professional layout. I suppose after a while if I’ve had no luck with the traditional route of seeing this done, I might settle for doing the best I can on my own. (If you’re interested in knowing when this book is available, join our monthly mailing list: eepurl.com/B1veD .)
Today while sorting and organizing photos I found I didn’t have a good shot of the wild strawberry leaves that look so much like ginseng yearling leaves. Grabbed my hat and a plastic bag for the camera – it had been raining and was only sprinkling by then, but a downpour would really be a bad thing to have to deal with!
Found good ones of both out on the trails beneath the cedars. It just rained a little but the camera was still safe and dry inside the bag. Photos after a shower always makes for really nice color on the leaves!
I’m not going to post the photos from today because I’m afraid at least some of them need to be unpublished entirely if I want a publisher to consider my proposals with the book. Blog posts count as “published” when it comes to stories being submitted to contests and magazines, so I’m assuming the same holds true for photos. And I’ve posted so many of them in the past… I hope it doesn’t affect the odds, but it’s too late to worry over it now. What will be will be.
However, here’s a nice pic of some grass. I’m not just posting grass because it seems unimportant for inclusion in the book, I’m posting it because I liked the way the sunlight was collecting on the seed head:
One of my granddaughters was here yesterday. She’s almost 4 and has quite the aptitude for recognizing plants. She came with me to take a few pictures down the driveway (which is when I took the above photo) and once I showed her a dogwood, she showed me plenty more, skipping all the things that were *not* dogwood. So she definitely knew the difference. I sense an herbalist in training here. Or a botanist. Or who knows, but I sure hope she continues to find plants fascinating like me.