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The lesson of the white chicory

Creating macro botanical images for scientific stock is one of my specialites.  I have a background as an ecologist and enjoy being out photographing wild species  for textbooks and scientific publications.

Last week I came across a rare white chicory specimen growing along the roadside.  I immediately made plans to return with my gear to document it.

Chicory is a lazy flower.  Like a teenager it doesn’t get up until way past sunrise and if it’s cloudy or rainy, forget it.  But when the sun shines it opens its sepals wide to enjoy the light and spread its pollen.

The next few days were rainy and other assignments crept into the schedule, but I did manage to carve out some time to make the trip to shoot the white chicory flower.  They stay in bloom for a while so it wasn’t an emergency but sooner is always better than later.

Later that very day fate befell this pretty little flower in the form of a lawnmower.   I’m going to remember this next time I’m tempted to procrastinate. (although, chances are that I may still procrastinate…)

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