Many of the lupines, probably most, that we see driving along the roadsides in New England are not natives. We do have one, the Sundial Lupine (Lupinus perennis), that is rare and disappearing. I mentioned the other day that I was fortunate to get invited to a private property by some new Facebook friends where they had reestablished a large plot with seeds from the wild plants. It was quite nice to be able to spend some time with Brian and shoot his Lupines.
This species likes a sandy well-drained soil, so the seed were sown in a very sandy raised area. Walking in there was a challenge because every step had to avoid the newest seedlings. But there were open spots to set up. I was standing in the center of the plot which is mostly pea-sized gravel and sand. Later in the season it will be even more treacherous to walk there as the pond located a few feet away is home to Eastern Painted Turtles who come up there to lay their eggs. No walking allowed after that, I am sure.
I made several closer shots…surprise!…and here is the one that I chose as the best.Brian invited me back later in the season to photograph a purple fringed orchis. Here is one from a visit to Maine a few years back. You can see why I am excited about a return visit…they are nice folks to visit with too.