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Woolly Willow from Iceland
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(cross-posted on dreamwidth as laurieopal)

When I was in Iceland last June I saw a low lying plant with white cotton like puffs. It's a hard land for growing things and these seemed, relatively speaking, to be flourishing. I was very taken with how they looked and tried to find out their names in English. I carried a sample with me but even people very fluent in English couldn't tell me the name.

Fortunately I found a really good book on Icelandic plants before I left and discovered it was called woolly willow. And that I had seen the very early spring stage of the plant.

The name is a bit of a tongue twister for me to the amusement of my friends.



I very much wanted to make a pendant design using woolly willow. I decided to make the pendant with a lava beach stone that I gathered on a very rainy beach on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

The pendant is lava and pearls.  It's silver and approximately 1.75   I'm showing it at this size so the fine detail in the lava is clearer in the photo.  It's very clear in reality.


It's from the collection of Tracy Schmidt.

There were a number of other plants, mostly micro flora, that I found exceptionally beautiful in Iceland.  I expect that some of them will be showing up in my future work.

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