Ah, yes. With the arrival of a crazy June, comes flowers — a very particular flower. I like to think of this as our gift in the north for enduring a long winter and many times a rainy April. And really, nothing says spring in Maine like Lupines, amiright????? Those tall, beautiful, bold spikes we all spy on the highways and in the fields during our road trips. They’re mostly purple (ahem, my favorite color thankyouverymuch), and sometimes pink and white. And that gorgeous foliage, deep and bright green, from which they grow? Oh, lawdy! Eye candy at its finest.
“Happiness radiates like the fragrance of the flower and draws all good things towards you.” I’d like to think that I’m creative enough to come up with this sweet prose that pretty much sums up my feelings, but alas, I’ll stick to photographing these beauties and credit this little goodie to Maharashi Mahesh Yogi.
We went north. My friend Joanne and I went north not because we knew we would find these wild and gorgeous blooms (wink, wink), but to engage in a shooting spree starring one of Maine’s iconic lighthouses along our beautiful coast — Pemaquid. (I just had to get yet another reflection of that structure in the puddle of the rocks…. *sigh*) Our travels also took us to Fort William Henry, site of where one of my dear friends got married several years ago and it is lovely! In addition to more lupine (or is it lupines????), we stumbled across phlox, iris, pine cones, a cairn, a coke and a few smiles. Winning!!!
The cloudy sky didn’t dampen our spirits. Sometimes I prefer the greyness to bright sun. This was one of those days.
Warning: This blog post might contain enough purple lupines to last you a few seasons. Proceed at your own risk. 🙂
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Jane is a Maine photographer specializing in elopements, children and lifestyle. Contact her for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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