Bearberry in the Dunes


Bearberry in the Dunes


Limited print. 5 x 5 matted photograph, numbered signed by Erika Galentin. Acid free matting. Also comes with the following description:

Seemingly delicate, but actually rather tough. Very different from those of us who are seemingly tough, but actually rather delicate…

Lessons learned on the dunes of the sleeping bear from the bear plant itself.

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) is said to have been and still be an important ingredient in a First Nations ceremonial smoking mixture ‘Kinnikinnick’. Colonial physicians used the leaves as a toning astringent for the urinary and reproductive systems. Modern clinical use also celebrates this toning effect.

The evergreen ground-cover thrives in the sandy soils of the Great Lakes coastlines. I enjoyed witnessing how it stretches across the landscape.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, MI

-June 3, 2018

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