Dahlia Festival – Wollam Gardens – September 22-23


I am starting to do art & craft festivals again! While I’ve enjoyed the time off from shows, I’ve missed having the opportunity to talk with people about my photography – and helping them choose the perfect photos to bring the peace and beauty of nature into their homes and offices.

My first show in the Washington, DC area in eighteen months will be the Dahlia Festival at Wollam Gardens in Jeffersonton, Virginia. I will have lots of photos with me that I’ve never shown in the DC area before including Lotus Blossom IV, Sunflower Center, Sunflowers All in a Row, Yellowstone Gerbera Daisy and Salvia and Blanketflowers.

In addition to my photographs on canvas, my 2013 Peaceful Beauty Calendar and my book Wildflower Meditations: A Gift for the Spirit will be available.

Show hours are Saturday September 22 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday September 23 10 AM – 5 PM.

My booth number is 3213 this weekend.

Directions to Wollam Gardens are available on their website.

I hope to see you at the Dahlia Festival this weekend.


Photos from the Road: Yellowstone National Park

Continuing the series of posts with photos that were posted to Facebook while I was on the road this summer . . .

After several days in Glacier National Park, Bill and I headed to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. I had visited Yellowstone last summer – and saw lots of snow. Like Glacier – Yellowstone is a completely different place when it isn’t covered with snow!

At Yellowstone – I finally found the western wildflowers I’d heard so much about. In some parts of the park – there were hillsides covered with flowers – in others – there were just a few flowers – but they were also quite beautiful.

Rosy Paintbrush (castilleja rhexifolia) and Silvery Lupine (lupinus argenteus) – and yes I did get asked where was the grizzly bear as I was photographing this set of flowers


Rosy paintbrush - castilleja rhexifolia & silvery lupine - lupinus argenteus

© 2012 Patty Hankins


Rosy Paintbrush – Castilleja rhexifolia

Rosy or Alpine Paintbrush - castilleja rhexifoloia

© 2012 Patty Hankins


Showy Daisy – Erigeron Speciousus

Showy Daisy - erigeron speciousus


© 2012 Patty Hankins

Narrowleaf Fireweed – chamerion angustifolium





Narrowleaf Fireweed - chamerion angustifolium

© 2012 Patty Hankins

Lewis’ Monkeyflower – mimulus lewisii

Lewis' Monkeyflower - mimulus lewisii

© 2012 Patty Hankins

I’ll post a few more photos from Yellowstone National Park next week.

Links – September 14, 2012

Virginalis Water Lily

Virginialis Water Lily (c) 2009 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week; I hope you enjoy them as well

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has Mr. Hornaday’s War: How A Peculiar Zookeeper Waged A Lonely Crusade For Wildlife That Changed The World and How Have National Parks And Public Lands Fared Under The Obama Administration?

Wildlife Links

The Huffington Post has Sea Otters May Be Fighting Climate Change By Keeping Sea Urchins In Check
National Parks Traveler has Groups Seek To Overturn Decision To Delist Wolves In Wyoming
National Parks Conservation Association has Blitzed with Butterflies: Citizen Scientists Document Species at Rocky Mountain National Park
MSNBC has New, colorful monkey species discovered in Africa rain forest

Environmental Issues Links

Mother Jones has Why Doesn’t Your City Have Curbside Composting?
NBC News has Warming sign in the Arctic: Starving female polar bear challenges male for food

Photography and Art Links

BBC News has Obama ‘Hope’ poster artist Shepard Fairey fined, World’s first colour moving pictures discovered and Scottish wildcat extinct within months, association says
The Copyright Zone has No Release = No Glory & No Money
Chaos To Clarity has Social Media Image Size Guide [Infographic]

DC Area Flower Safari

If you are in the DC area, I hope you will join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. The next Meetup is scheduled for Saturday, September 29 at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. We will meet at 6:30 AM at the Grosvenor Metro Station. Then we can carpool to Longwood. I hope to see you there!

Finding the Perfect Moment

White Trout Lily

White Trout Lily © 2012 Patty Hankins

Trout lilies had been on my “want to photograph” list for a few years. They are a native lily that blooms briefly in the spring in the Washington, DC area. Word had it that there were both yellow and white trout lilies that bloom at Turkey Run Park in Virginia – the challenge was catching them in bloom.

So in the spring of 2010, I headed out to Turkey Run Park in search of Trout Lilies. I missed the bloom by a few days – spotted a few leaves and the remains of a few flowers.

In 2011, after checking with several other local photographers, early one morning in mid-March, I headed back to Turkey Run. As I started my hike, I saw what looked to be a few trout lilies about to bloom. By the time I was done with my hike – one yellow trout lily had bloomed – and I’d spotted several more that were just about ready to pop. So that afternoon, I headed back. I found lots of the yellow trout lilies to photograph – and got some wonderful photos. I also found three white trout lilies. While I did photograph them, I wasn’t particularly happy with the photos – they showed a single white flower but without any context showing the environment I’d photographed it in.

So once again, in 2012, I headed back to Turkey Run. I went in the morning planning on seeing how close the trout lilies were to blooming. They were just about ready to bloom – so I headed back that same afternoon.

By this point, I’d realized that if you’re in the right place at the right time, yellow trout lilies aren’t too hard to find. You often find them in clusters – and if you’re in the just the right spot – you can see a hillside of yellow trout lilies. But at least here in the DC area, the white trout lilies are much rarer. The white trout lily photo I was composing in my mind was going to show not only the beautiful flower, but also that it may just be one trout lily in a fairly large area. When I found the white trout lilies this year – it turns out that there were three of them – just like last year.

And this time, I was able to photograph one of them with my tripod basicly flat on the ground. From this angle, I could show the details of the delicate beauty of the blossom – and have it surrounded by a sea of green leaves – without another blossom in sight.

It was a good thing I’d gone out that afternoon to photograph the trout lilies. I returned to Turkey Run two days later in hopes of photographing a few more trout lilies. The blossoms on the white trout lilies were finished – and most of the yellow ones weren’t in very good shape.

Frequently photographing beautiful flowers takes being in the right place at the right time. And sometimes it takes a few years to find that perfect flower at just the right point in it’s life cycle to capture the image that I want. But when I do catch it at that perfect moment – all the work and research that it has taken to get the photo – is worth it.

White Trout Lily is my September 2012 Photo of the Month. Until September 30, SAVE 20% off the regular prices for White Trout Lily.

Only 2 Days Left for Early Bird Prices on my 2013 Peaceful Beauty Calendar

Just a quick reminder – this Wednesday, September 12 is the last day to take advantage of the Early Bird Pricing on my 2013 Peaceful Beauty Calendar.

You can save $ 3.00 off the regular price for each calendar you order. Until September 12, the price for a single calendar is
$ 16.95 (regular price will be $ 19.95).

There is a discount if you buy five or more calendars – $ 14.95 each before September 12 ($ 17.95 regular price).

And don’t forget – there is always Free Shipping on orders over $ 50.00 shipped to U.S. addresses.

The calendars make great gifts for your favorite gardener or nature enthusiast. So how about buying 5 – 1 for you – and 4 for those hard to shop for people on your holiday gift list.

I didn’t want you to miss the opportunity to order my 2013 Peace Beauty Calendar at the Early Bird Pricing.

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Links – September 7, 2012

Red Canada Lily

Red Canada Lily (c) 2009 Patty Hankins

Here are some posts and articles that I enjoyed this week; I hope you enjoy them as well

Flower and Plant Links

Native Plants & Wildlife Gardens has Backyards As Arks for Wildlife

National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Links

National Parks Traveler has How Might The National Park System Fare Under A “President Romney”?

Wildlife Links

National Parks Traveler has With Wolves Being Delisted, NPS Asked To Protect Them In John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway and Scientific Progress Could Help Share Yellowstone National Park’s Pure-Bred Bison With Other Sites
The Nature Conservatory has Nature’s Copycats: Butterflies, Hornets and Orangutans
The Washington Post has Genetically modified pet fish worries Florida environmentalists

Environmental Issues Links

Slate has Rachel Carson Didn’t Kill Millions of Africans

Photography and Art Links

The New York Times has A Picasso Online for Just $450? Yes, It Is a Steal
National Geographic has Special Edition: Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs by Art Wolfe ©
Poynter has How National Geographic Traveler exposes problematic entries in its photo contest

DC Area Flower Safari

If you are in the DC area, I hope you will join me and other flower lovers at our DC Flower Safari Meetups. The next Meetup is scheduled for Saturday, September 29. The location will be announced by mid September as we are not sure what will be blooming at that time. I hope to see you there!

Photos from the Road – Glacier National Park

Continuing the series of posts with photos that were posted to Facebook while I was on the road this summer . . .

After a few wonderful days in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, I head to Glacier National Park in Montana. When I visited the park in late June last year – it was still covered with snow. Going to the Sun Road was closed – and I couldn’t get anywhere near Logan Pass.

What a difference 13 months makes . . . I arrived at Glacier National Park after the historic lastest date for Going to the Sun Road to open. I wanted to do everything I could to increase the chances that I’d actually be able to see the whole park this year. This year – the road through Logan Pass opened sometime in June. By the time I arrived – summer was in full bloom in the park. Without a doubt – Glacier is one of the most beautiful national parks I”ve ever visited.

The combination of lakes and mountains at Glacier are wonderful to photograph.

St. Mary Lake

St. Mary Lake - Glacier National Park© 2012 Patty Hankins


Lake McDonald

Lake McDonald - Glacier National Park© 2012 Patty Hankins


And the only thing more beautiful than the lakes and mountains were the wildflowers!

Yellow Columbine – aquilegia flavescens

Yellow Columbine - aqulegia flavescens - Glacier National Park© 2012 Patty Hankins


Cow Parsnip – heracleum maximum

Cow parsnip - heracleum maximum - Glacier National Park© 2012 Patty Hankins


White bog orchid – platanthere dilatata

White Bog Orchid - platanthera dilatata - Glacier National park© 2012 Patty Hankins


Sticky Geranium – geranium viscosissimum

Sticky Gernanium - geranium viscosissimum - Glacier National Park© 2012 Patty Hankins


Orange Hawkweed

Orange Hawkweed - hieraclum aurantiacum - Glacier National Park© 2012 Patty Hankins

It’s probably not a surprise to anyone – I’m already dreaming of when I can next visit Glacier National Park!


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