Botanical grazing

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center presents the photographs of Jimmy Fike

“Yellow Sweet Clover” by Jimmy Fike, photograph, 2011.

“Yellow Sweet Clover” by Jimmy Fike, photograph, 2011.

Where: Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, 2015 J Street, Suite 101; (916) 441-2341;

Artist’s reception: Friday, November 8, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Second Saturday reception: November 9, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Through December 7.

Hours: Monday through Thursday, noon to 6 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

J.W. Fike's Photographic Survey of the Wild Edible Botanicals of the North American Continent series is, in a word, fantastic.

Jimmy Fike's photographs of plants that many people refer to as “weeds” are captured digitally in stark black and white, with the edible bits in luscious color. That is correct, the “weeds” are food—for humans! And they grow in many places, including urban areas. Fike stresses the idea of sustainability and our ecological future in these elegant images.

So, after getting an eyeful of Fike's photographic feast, resolve to stop spraying Roundup on the plants, and see if pineapple grass tastes as good as Fike makes it look.