Over the last six weeks, I have processed photographs of ten more species, mainly because we have been setting records for rainfall in the Midwest section of the United States. I've tried to get out and begin taking photos of the James Woodworth Prairie, but have only been able to capture images on two occasions. The image to the right of Polygala senaga SENECA SNAKEROOT was taken five days ago. I've been photographing this species for four years and was unable to identify it, mainly because I could only find one image online, and that image was a plant with mixed white and pink in the flowers. Based on that visual preconception, I was unable to find a match in my guidebook.
Polygala means much milk in early Greek usage; this meaning stems from a belief that cattle grazing in fields with this plant produced more milk. This plant got its common name from the North American Seneca Indian's use of it as a treatment for snake bite. Other tribes used the root for respiratory problems, headache, and stomach ache.
Over the past six weeks, I have received three more rejections of my requests of publishers to commercially print Abundant Splendor: Wildflowers of the Tall Grass Prairie. 'Excellent work, but not what we do,' is the gist of the rejections.