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Rain,

sun,

more rain,

more sun…

Add a measure of wind:

It all makes for

an abundance

of beauty.

 

Which I am pleased to share with you.

These photographs were taken in the last week at a garden, a park, and a wildlife refuge. Moat are native plants, a few are cultivated. Details:

Panasonic Lumix G3 with a few Hoya filters (2x and 4x) stacked on for the closeups.  Processed in Lightroom and OnOne.

The fourth image – the tiny flowers – is Fendler’s Meadow Rue (Thalictrum fendleri), a Pacific northwest native.  It’s related to the Thalictrum’s people grow in gardens. It has separate male and female flowers – these are male flowers, their stamens heavy with pollen.  I used to grow Thalictrum in my garden in upstate New York, ten years ago – I love the airy, delicate beauty of it.

Below it, the tiny white flower is Star Solomon’s Seal (Smilacina stellata), another native wildflower. It too has popular relatives for the spring garden, as some of you know.

The flowering grass and the blowing grasses are unidentified; both are cultivated. The handsome flower below them is a Shooting Star  – Henderson’s (Dodecatheon hendersonii). The first time I saw one growing wild – two years ago today – I jumped up and down, I was so excited. That something so delicate and extraordinarily beautiful was just growing alongside a trail, unmolested – it was astounding!

The yellow garden iris is followed by native Broad-leaved Lupine (Lupinus latifolia) growing abundantly in open marshland at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  Another beauty with garden relatives, it proved too tempting for a little girl on the trail, who plucked a stem, which I later saw discarded by the wayside.

When I was around her age I used to comb the woods behind our house in upstate new York, where I found Trillium and May-apple (Podophyllum) growing. Sometimes I dug the pretty plants, brought them home, and planted them behind the house. It didn’t work with the Trillium’s, but the May-apple’s weren’t as fussy.

When I lived in Western North Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge  Mountains, I used to pass an old log cabin with a huge tree in front, under which hundreds of May-apple’s made a spring carpet each year with their odd green umbrella-shaped foliage.

The round-ish leaves in the second photo are related to those May-apple’s I collected as a child – but they are from China.  There are only 6 species in the genus – 5 grow in China and the other is native to eastern – not western –  North America.  How that happened is a mystery, isn’t it?  🙂

 

 

 


22 comments

  1. The macros are really fine, Lynn. I haven’t stacked a #2 and #4, but I’ll try it. Boy, you’ve got some fine filters in the Hoyas. I bought one, but decided the cheaper ones would last as long as I do. I’m sure the glass is far superior though. I love these images. You’re good. 🙂


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