Living on the edge #2

imageQueen Anne’s Lace, Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

All along the edge of the parking lot at New Morning Natural Food Store is a luscious bed of Queen Anne’s Lace. The owner, John, can frequently be seen weeding his “weeds”, or as he would more likely say, his natural flower garden. It’s interesting because right next door is a large garden center with rows and rows of potted plants and a collection of green houses (several with solar panels), the very antithesis of John’s methods.

I often park with the nose of my car just nudging the flower beds. I turn off the engine and sit a bit, thinking about the divide between the wild, unkempt beds at New Morning, and the regular, tended rows of plants at the nursery. We don’t usually think of plants as sentient beings, but if we did, we would have to contemplate which plants are happier, the nurtured and tended potted plants, or the plants left to benign neglect that still manage to thrive. I know which I’d rather be.

See the original Living on the edge at June 1, 2015.

Pentas K5IIs with 15mm f4. lens, processed in Snapseed.



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