NABOKV-L post 0015520, Sun, 30 Sep 2007 19:33:40 -0700

Lupine Lodge
As a past Colorado resident and frequent visitor to Estes Park, I am reasonably certain that there was no Lupine Lodge there in VN's time. Columbine is the state flower of Colorado; lupines (the flower) are quite plentiful in parts of the state, more so than columbines, I believe. Their name comes from the ancient belief that the plant destroyed the soil, according to the American Heritage dictionary. I also think that they are the natural habitat of some species of butterfly. Lepidopterists, please correct me or confirm my supposition. VN could well have been suggesting the plant in the name Lupine Lodge as a substitute for Columbine Lodge, with the wolf undertone a minor consideration.

If this has already been said, please forgive me.

Mary Krimmel
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Jansy wondered about the origin of the Lupine Lodge. In LATH it appears as
"the Lupine Lodge, Estes Park." In the 1972 Vogue interview included in SO,
VN gives a list of places where he captured butterflies, including
"Columbine Lodge, Estes Park." Estes Park, btw, is in Colorado, USA. So that
seems to be the inspiration. But this also confirms that "Lupine" here was a
choice by VN, unless of course there was also a Lupine Lodge in Estes Park.


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