I had one of those fortunate chance encounters today. I was helping with setting the opera hall at the Goss Opera House for a wedding this weekend There was a break in the action, so I thought I'd check in on my email. I sat in the window near the chest that contains the prints of mine that are for sale at the Goss. As I was getting connected, a couple were leaving the restaurant and started to look at my photos. The wife asked if they were my photos and we ended up getting into a bit of a conversation about various images. Her husband and I then got talking about invasive species and how things have changed in our lifetimes.
Pasque Flower after rainstormAltamont Prairie, South Dakota
Meanwhile, she found one of my prints of Pasque Flowers She remembered them from when she was young and then called them May Day Flowers.
I vaguely recalled hearing that term before (when I got home tonight, I double checked to verify that was the case - it is!)
Going out to hunt photos of Pasque Flowers has become sort of a custom for me in early spring. A clear sign that winter is finally over. As we've already had a few visits by snow and autumn is zooming by, I have to be honest, I am already thinking ahead to my next trip out to Altamont Prairie where I usually find the Pasque.
Back to this evening, it was so much fun to talk to this wonderful couple and show them around the opera house.
I feel so fortunate to have opportunities like these to share my images. It is even more exciting when my photographs bring back memories for people or remind them of emotions from times past.
Clump of Pasque FlowersAltamont Prairie, South Dakota
Times like these I feel very honored to be a photographer!