Carters prose for each entry in the wildflower guide is brief but descriptive.
Flowers resemble upside-down pantaloons hanging from clotheslines, she writes under a picture of Dutchmans breeches, or albino bats hanging from tree limbs. The manuscript went to press last November.
In fact, Carters creative drive and environmental awareness do seem to stem from her athletic endeavors.
I think they go hand-in-hand, she suggests.
She researched whether other books existed like the one she had in mind; they didnt.
Usually Im down on the ground with my butt in the air, acknowledges Carter, her footing still not secure in the springtime forest.
As the author and photographer of Wildflowers of Vermont, she can often be found toting her 35mm Canon A2 to parks, bogs, fields and natural areas to document various species.
After graduating from high school, Carter spent time as a ski bum around Mount Snow for two years before setting her sights even higher on the Rockies in Colorado. I just wanted to do the powder thing every day, she confesses.
Though shed never even used a camera before, Carter was hired by a company called Sharp Shooters to run a ski-area photo concession. But I do think Ive got a pretty good artistic eye. Homesick for the East Coast, she jumped at the chance to open a Sharp Shooters franchise at Stowe in 1982. Theres more diffusion with the clouds and humidity.
I had seen a publication in Colorado, Rocky Mountain Sports and Fitness, and believed something like that would really fit in here, Carter says.