Linnaea borealis

22 x 28 cm
Graphite pencil, Fabriano paper


Her favourite flower is growing on a rock among the mosses next to her summer house on a bird ringing station. She thinks it's delicate with the thin slender stems, finest flowers and its natural humbleness. I never saw Linnaea borealis because I've always been late every autumn but now I can see it through her eyes looking through the paper on me.

In binomial nomenclature, organisms often receive scientific names that honour a person. Linnaea borealis was named in authority of Carl Linnaeus, the "father of taxonomy", to celebrate its beauty as it was his favourite flower. But can we also honour the flowers?