~ Meredith ~

Wild Parsnip

It is remarkable that a beautiful print like this can be made simply by placing a wild plant on a piece of paper on a sunny windowsill. With the right kind of paper – the photographic kind – an eye for a good arrangement, and a sprinkling of time to let the print develop.

You may not know that this plant is overlooked in fields and road verges. Just another yellow weed. That the sap of this plant can give a nasty burn. Perhaps it’s the photosensitive sap that has turned the print a vivid coral. No matter. Don’t worry about that.

Simply enjoy the translucence of the leaves that made their mark on the paper, using their own shadows, mixed with sap and light and a sprinkling of time.

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