Dear readers, Holly Wolsey’s plant photos are so charming, I’m hoping they’ll make you forget all about the past week of no Urban Plant Research posts. (I’m sorry, it’s been busy hereabouts!) Holly’s a photographer in Colorado who I recently met, who actually doesn’t particularly focus on plants – she’s a professional portrait photographer as well as a wonderful documenter of daily life – but I just love her plant photos and her eye for the beauty of little plants and trees in the city. So I’m going to share a whole bunch of them today.
Holly’s photos might be a good answer to a question I was asked a few weeks ago, about whether Urban Plant Research concerns itself with suburban plants as well. If you dig deep into our archives, you’ll find that we do. Both Sara and I are are children of the suburbs, California suburbs at that, and grew up amongst plants that were mostly under the thumb of lawnmower-and-leaf-blower-wielding homeowners. The main questions that we ask about big city plants – do they antagonize people or are they antagonized? what is their relationship with buildings, fences, asphalt, and other manmade structures? – are equally relevant in suburbia.
Though I hesitate to call Fort Collins, one of Colorado’s largest cities (pop. 143,986), the suburbs, I do get the feeling that the plants Holly photographs live in roomier habitats with suburban aspects, like big box buildings, garage doors, and backyard fences. Yet, as I was saying, the tension between manmade elements and plant growth is just as evident. See for yourself.
Holly, thanks for sharing your plants with us! Readers, you can check out more photos people, plants, places and more on Holly’s website, and if you’re on Instagram, she is @focomama. And let us know what you think of her photos below – and what you think about suburban plant research.