Pen sketches

In Spring and Summer 2018 I spent a considerable amount of hours exploring the Dorset countryside in a structured search for species within family groups. A sideline saw me sketch my specimens in situ. As I studied each plant, looking at their botanical structures and morphology, I wrote poetry to accompany the drawings.

Runculus omiophyllis Round-leaved Crowfoot:
'...Crowfoot. Cool foot. Submerged half on show. Illusive anchored ditch-dweller with sunken, rooting toes....'

Anthriscus sylvestris Cow Parsley:
'...Voluptuous. Verges spill. Delightful visual fill. Street party. Public show. Stems waving to and fro... Seed flasks pair up to raise a toast: pollination found. When brittle, bottles burst, disperse, in hope of fertile ground.'

Silene dioica Red Campion:
'...Generous early flowers, so gentlemanly, offer sweet gifts. Dioecious. They groom their guests to give pollen lifts. Long-tongued bees bumble from burrow to treat in preparation for later lady-blooms they'll meet...'

Daucus carota Wild Carrot:
'...Rough ground; track-side meets your desire. Calcareous preference, open and drier. Fruit carpels bear protruding spines. Protective oval porcupines...'