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Fig. 5.8 Gentiana andrewsii – Closed Gentian

Fig. 5.8 Gentiana andrewsii – Closed Gentian

7.75” x 10” 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.

The Closed Gentian is sometimes referred to as the nun of flowers, because its flowers never open, but remained closed in a bud form. Only very determined bumblebees can find their way inside, and even then, not all bees manage to get out again, remaining entombed inside the flower. Nature has provided a remarkable method of indicating which buds have been pollinated. An unpollinated flower is white at the tip, and one that has already been visited by a bee, has a blue tip.


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