Linnaeus’ fave

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Yes. Linnaeus, the Prince of Botany – the guy who first thought of categorizing the world of plants according to sexuality, and naming each specimen in Latin based on its “family” – played favourites. He even named his beloved twinflower after himself – Linnaea borealis.

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The twinflower. It’s a fitting symbol for Christer and Henrik in The Seventh Flower. Despite their differences, they really are soulmates. I didn’t realize this as I was writing it, but the twinflower makes the connection to Linnaeus and Artedi and their shared passion for taxonomy even more poignant.

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Linnaeus and Artedi, 18th century tragic bromance brothers, linked to Christer and Henrik’s modern day Midsummer flower picking – all through this one tiny plant: the twinflower. Pink and romantic, small but proud.

Linnaeus’ favourites: was Artedi among them?

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4 thoughts on “Linnaeus’ fave

    • Ingela Bohm July 19, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Thanks! I think you share some of his traits, the way you meticulously document the natural world. 🙂

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    • Ingela Bohm July 19, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      PS I used a different lens than usual for these. It’s not meant for macro photography, but I discovered that it creates a very different – magical, as you say – vibe than my usual one.

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      • Pete Hillman July 20, 2017 / 8:13 pm

        If it works, use it 🙂 And it has worked fo you to great effect here.

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