The Flower Report

Yellow Sulphur on Black-eyed Susan

“The earth laughs in flowers.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) By Rachel A. Powless Photos by Rachel A. Powless I did not choose to become a photographer 25 years ago but rather by necessity did I pick-up a camera. So often when Carl holds a bird in-hand he will say things like this, “Rachel, would you take a photo of this?” He would point to a specific group of feathers such as the 3 very tiny alula feathers found at the joint of the primary wings. Small pieces of information like this can become a larger part of the “preponderance of evidence”. This can contribute to the id of the bird, sex, and/or age. I worked quickly & efficiently. I soon realized how striking bird feathers can be while holding…

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