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Fig. 3.6 Anemone Patens – Prairie Crocus

Fig. 3.6 Anemone Patens – Prairie Crocus

8” x 8” Acrylic/Mixed Media on paper.

Saskatchewan is a province of extremes – cold winters, hot summers, broad horizons and expansive skies. The plants and animals that are native to this place, have been tested by Mother Nature and developed an amazing array of coping strategies to survive their environment. The six pieces in this collection explore a few of Saskatchewan’s many wildflowers and their relationship with the world around them. Unlike many tropical flowers, Saskatchewan wildflowers are small–tiny even. You must get out of your car, and sometimes even down on your knees if you want to see them. But their ability to adapt to and thrive in our harsh climate is astonishing, their symbiotic relationships with insects, astounding. There is inspiration and profound meaning to be had, if only we take the time to look closely.

Common names for this flower include Pasqueflower (referring to Easter, since it blooms at about Easter time,) Windflower and Prairie Smoke. The word “anemone” comes from the name Anemos – the Greek god of the wind and literally means “to breathe” or “to live.” The crocus is usually the first flower to bloom in spring, often even before the snow has completely melted, braving the last gales of winter that sweep across the hills and open plains.

“The plant is anchored in the light prairie soil by a horizontal root and with a stem that is so slender and pliable that no wind can break it.”

– Neltje Blanchan (Turn of the century naturalist)


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