Captured in the mountains of the
Haute Loire of France,
the wildflowers were blooming
along the country roads in the valley
near the river....
Wild carrot, the real botanical species
of this beautiful lacy flower,
was introduced and naturalized in North America,
where it is often known as "Queen Anne's lace".
Both Anne, Queen of Great Britain,
and her great grandmother,
Anne of Denmark,
are taken to be the Queen Anne
for which the plant is named.
It is so called because the flower
the red flower in the center
is thought to represent
a blood droplet where Queen Anne
pricked herself with a needle
when she was making the lace.
The function of the tiny red flower,...
After 30 years in the floral and plant nursery business, Debra and Dave Vanderlaan sold both businesses and turned their life-long photography hobby into full-time obsession. The Vanderlaans are both award-winning photographers and well-known both domestically and internationally.
Many of their images showcase the tropical landscapes of South Florida and the mountain vistas of the Smoky Mountains and many gorgeous scenes around the world. Their motto is Celebrate Life and that seemed a natural name for their gallery. Their images have been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum, North Carolina Museum of Art, Turchin Art Center in Boone NC, Palm Beach Photography Museum and many other museums and galleries around the country. Some of their...
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