|Article published in the South Shore Breaker - July 6, 2016 - Lupin Love|
When we lived in Ontario and vacationed in Cape Breton, I purchased many packets of lupin seeds but I never was able to get them to grow. However, in Ontario they are blessed with ditches filled with orange daylilies...something you don’t often see here.
When we moved to an acreage in Nova Scotia, one of my goals was to have our fields filled with wild lupins. I worked for several years and finally got them growing in our garden. Much to my chagrin, after several summers the lupins self seeded all over our gardens and I slaved away trying to get them under control. I wasn’t so thrilled about them in the garden after that. Instead of sowing seeds, I was pulling seedlings. Isn’t life ironic? Sometimes it’s best when our prayers go unanswered. I think there’s a Garth Brooks song about that.
But I still love to see fields of lupins. Recently, some members of the Bridgewater Photo Club headed out on a field trip over towards the Fundy Shore. Five cars filled with eager photographers headed out on the journey. The car I was in had three other photo club members, lots of camaraderie and laughter. Despite information on the car’s GPS and a paper map that told us there was a through road, we came across a "road closed" sign and found ourselves doubling back and covering the same ground. At this point, we were so far behind the others that we became a one car field trip instead of a five car convoy and our outing became more leisurely. We made a few stops, had a great lunch by the shore, and captured some wonderful images. One of the great things about traveling with other photographers is that no one thinks it’s strange to take pictures of rusty chains, or coiled ropes, or any weird thing that you might find. I did capture all of those things on our trip, but one of my favourites of the day...you guessed it...was a photo of some lupins with the Fundy in the background.
|Lupins in Halls Harbour, overlooking the Bay of Fundy|
|early morning lupins in Maplewood, Lunenburg County|
|contented cows and good listeners!|
Just a day after my solo excursion to the country in search of the lupin field, I was in the car just minutes from home and spotted a field just covered with them. Sometimes the best places for photographs are in your own backyard, so to speak. But that’s a focus for another day.