Wildflowers in Color by Arthur Stupka.
Review by Barb Stewart
Need pictures? Want the options narrowed down to what’s likely to be found in the area? Arthur Stupka’s Wildflowers in Color highlights 250 flowers found in the southern Appalachians. The book is available through the Shenandoah National Park Association bookstores at park visitor centers (mile 4.6 and milepost 51 on the Skyline Drive) and on-line at http://www.snpbooks.org/mm5/merchant.mvc?
I’m still using my copy of Wildflowers in Color that I got back in the late 70’s. Pictures are easier for me, especially when I’m learning something new. The photos are good enough and the descriptions are excellent. I even wrote in the generous margins where I first found the flower, flowering shrub, vine or tree. It’s fun to be reminded of where and when I met narrow-leafed blue-eyed grass and other favorites.
The key to success for me is to slow down and take a good look at the plant; I can get giddily excited when I find something new. I have to remember to breathe deeply then take the time to enjoy the small wonder.
Barb Stewart, former park ranger and still a learning naturalist