the carrot family
it has taken me a long time to realize that many of my favorite botanical subjects for STILL are all in the same family. queen anne’s lace, angelica, fennel, cumin, and this golden alexander are all cousins in one big happy family–the carrot family. the defining characteristic of this family is that the flowers nearly always aggregated in terminal umbels, and often compound umbels like these. matter of fact, the family is sometimes called umbellifers. a name i find charming. i love them for their delicate and detailed yet graphic exuberance. umbellifers are STILLlifers in my book.