05.11.2019 Jack and Violet

Part way up the yellow trail on Mount Norwottuck I came across this Jack-in-the-Pulpit and  little Marsh (I think) Violets. I thought they made a nice intimate composition together. It was pretty mucky and not at all as clean as it appears along the side of a makeshift boardwalk over a little trickle of a brook.

I’ve always liked violets which is funny because that was my mother’s middle name and she hated it. On the other hand her married initials were H.A.G.  🙂


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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22 Responses to 05.11.2019 Jack and Violet

  1. Lemony says:

    I love violets–both the flowers and the name.

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    • They are one of several lawn flowers in our yard and we are happy to have them. Weeds they are not. I don’t know why my mother hated the name. Who wouldn’t want to be named after a flower? 🙂


  2. I like your title, which could lead a reader to expect a post about two people.


  3. Gail Platz says:


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  4. shoreacres says:

    As soon as I read “Jack and…” I completed it with Diane, rather than Violet, thanks to John Mellencamp. Once I got past that, I really enjoyed the photo. The house I grew up in had ferns, jack-in-the-pulpit, and violets growing around the front stoop. Every now and then I’d pick some of the violets for my mother. The bouquets always were a little grubby by the time she got them, but she never seemed to care.

    These violets seem much taller than the ones I remember from Iowa, or the ones I see here, for that matter. There are only a couple of places I’ve seen the violets, and each is in a wooded area, where they get shade and consistent moisture.

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    • Ha! That was the original impetus for the title and I was going to link to his song, but didn’t really think the lyrics matched with the image. But we had the same train of mind.

      We have wild Common Blue Violets here in our yard and I’ve shared several images of them over the years. I tried planting Bird’s Foot Violets last year but they did not come back. These were new to me although I spend so much time in wet places that I am sure I have seen them many times as well. It’s nice that something, in this case the violets, can bring back fond memories. Whatever their condition, I am sure your mother loved the little bouquets you gave her. Sweet.


  5. bluebrightly says:

    Wow, what a find (and I know there are plenty more). No Jacks here – oh well. And our violets, at least here on the island, are minuscule. This is wonderful. It’s always fun to see how wildflowers compose themselves into groups.

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  6. melissabluefineart says:

    They look sweet together. Yesterday I was out photographing spiderworts and anemones together, sometimes with golden alexanders nestled in.

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    • That could be my driveway. We have Spiderworts and Canada anemones growing like weeds. No Golden Alexanders though.


      • melissabluefineart says:

        What a driveway you must have!

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      • We aren’t obsessive about caring for the gardens but it does line it well. Our front lawn has a large oval garden and Mary Beth plugs away at that almost daily. One of our former trees provided mulch for it today.


      • melissabluefineart says:

        Ah, the circle of life. One of my former trees provides habitat for woodpeckers. Are you continuing to get a lot of rain, too? We had the wettest May ever recorded, and it is still raining.

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      • I don’t believe we have set records, but May was quite wet here too and June fairly so as well.Tonight is supposed to be very rainy with thunderstorms just to our south.


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  8. Jet Eliot says:

    Mike Powell linked his post today with your photo here, Steve, and I can see why. This elegant bouquet in the wild is so very beautiful. I LOL at the final two sentences of your post.

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