Wild Carrot Galaxies

White spirals: that was the cover-painting theme for my Astronomical Calendar one year (1994). On the front was a hurricane called Hyacinth, its violent spiral spanning several hundred miles; inside was the Whirlpool Galaxy, otherwise known as Messier 51, forty thousand light-years wide; and on the back was the plant called Queen Anne’s Lace, painted at true scale, I think, its flowering head six inches wide.

I remembered about this because I’ve found five other drawings I must have made of that plant in South Carolina.

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