Monday, April 27, 2015

Help Requested - Looking for Plants

It's that time of year again - time to photograph the shadows of endangered and threatened plant species! If you have suggestions on where I can find and photograph a threatened or endangered plant, please contact me. My only requirement is that it be located in direct sunlight (not shade) and that it is in an area that is somewhat accessible so I don't disturb the natural habitat.

Here is the list of plants I have photographed so far:
compass plant (Silphium laciniatum)
cream wild indigo (Baptisia leucophaea)
cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum)
prairie smoke (Geum triflorum)
prairie trillium (Trillium recurvatum)
rattlesnake master (Eryngium yuccifolium)
shooting star (Dodecatheon meadia)
long-bracted spiderwort (Tradescantia bracteata)
Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica)
white or prairie false indigo (Baptisia lactea)
pitcher's thistle (Cirsium pitcheri)
side-oats grama grass (Bouteloua curtipendula)
starry campion (Silene stellata)
squarrose sedge (Carex squarrosa)
wild oats (Chasmanthium latifolium)
goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
Jacob's ladder (Polemonium reptans)
lakeside daisy (Hymenoxys herbacea)
prairie golden alexanders (Zizia aptera)

There are others I've tried to photograph at the MSU W.J. Beal Botanical Gardens, but because of their location, I can't get direct sunlight at the right time of day to cast a good shadow. I'm especially interested in finding purple turtlehead, downy sunflower, and Queen-of-the-Prairie.