Chestnut Herbal School


Written and Photographed by Juliet Blankespoor

Echinacea purpurea

As summer draws to a close, I am sharing some of my favorite photos of the season. One of my favorite aspects of photography is the ability to lift out one aspect of reality by featuring my perspective on time and place. Photography shapes my perception of light and form and also helps me to slow down and focus.I will share some more photos of summer in a second post soon.

Wishing you a Joyous and abundant fall equinox!

Cauliflower mushroom (Sparassis crispa)

Milkweed Longhorn Beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus)

Calendula officinalis


Hops (Humulus lupulus)

Home sweet home

Meet The Green Mastermind Behind Blog Castanea:

Juliet Blankespoor

JULIET BLANKESPOOR founded the Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine in 2007 and serves as the school’s primary instructor and Creative Director. She's been a professional plant-human matchmaker for close to three decades. Juliet caught the plant bug when she was nineteen and went on to earn a degree in Botany. She's owned just about every type of herbal business you can imagine: an herbal nursery, a medicinal products business, a clinical practice, and now, an herbal school.

These days, she channels her botanical obsession with her writing and photography in her online programs and here on her personal blog, Castanea. She's writing her first book: Cultivating Medicinal Herbs: Grow, Harvest, and Prepare Handcrafted Remedies from Your Home Garden. Juliet and her houseplants share a home with her family and herb books in Asheville, North Carolina.

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7 thoughts on “Tilt

  1. The equinox is my daughter’s birthday so it is a special day for me as well. Thank you for these gorgeous photos of the wild ones, our kith and kin.

  2. Fabulous photos as always…fabulous little girl, as well. Keep up the good work as mother, herbalist, and photographer! I’m so pround of you!

  3. Yes. These photo’s are wonderful! You have a “good eye” with the camera. Thank you for taking the time to share your world with us. It is appreciated. 🙂

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