Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

For HJ

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One reason we went to New England on our recent trip was to fulfill the wishes of our Austin friend Helen-Jo (HJ) Hewitt. Before her death last November at the age of almost 91, she’d asked, as a longtime member of the New England Wild Flower Society, if I’d disperse her ashes among the ferns and orchids at the Garden in the Woods in Framingham, Massachusetts. On June 1st, accompanied by Eve and the Society’s Director of Philanthropy Tracey Willmott and horticulturist Anna Fialkoff, I did so.

At the same time, I meant to take some memorial nature photographs in the gardens but a light rain got in the way. On June 12th I stopped back by for an hour to take my pictures, some of which I’ll post here on and off over the next few weeks, beginning today with the flower and seed capsule of a celandine poppy, Stylophorum diphyllum.

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 30, 2018 at 4:31 AM

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  1. Two flawless pictures, Steve!


    June 30, 2018 at 4:57 AM

  2. she would be so happy, what lovely pictures and a lovely final gesture –


    June 30, 2018 at 6:43 AM

  3. Knowing she could count on you to fulfill her wishes surely provided comfort as she neared life’s end. It’s good that you were able to help her reach a place that was special to her.


    June 30, 2018 at 6:58 AM

    • She asked at least twice in her final years. I imagine the most recent time was for reassurance.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 30, 2018 at 7:21 AM

  4. Very nice shots. I visited a couple of years ago and enjoyed the Woods, even though not much was in bloom at the time.

    Robert Parker

    June 30, 2018 at 7:53 AM

    • Now that you’re close by and in a better season, you have an incentive to make a return visit. That visit could be the subject of a post.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 30, 2018 at 7:56 AM

  5. A fitting good-bye, I think.
    Have a wonderful weekend,


    June 30, 2018 at 8:17 AM

  6. Aw, that’s fantastic. We should all have such respect and reverence for our friends that we faithfully fulfill such requests. After all, wakes and funerals are for the living; it sounds as if you and Eve did quite a bit of living to honor your friend’s request to her fitting end. Beautiful photos; that goes without saying. My best!


    June 30, 2018 at 9:04 AM

  7. This a lovely tribute to a friend, Steve.


    June 30, 2018 at 3:46 PM

  8. Lovely shots and a beautiful goodbye.


    June 30, 2018 at 3:57 PM

  9. How special that you were able to fulfill your friend’s last wish, Steve.


    July 1, 2018 at 5:45 PM

  10. How lovely; how lovely that you were entrusted with this responsibility and that you were able to oblige.


    July 2, 2018 at 6:05 AM

  11. Wonderful images … what a lovely place for your friend to be. So special ..


    July 4, 2018 at 2:44 PM

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