Last weekend, Wood poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum) was blooming in profusion. It’s a woodland flower, found in the understory and woodland edges, not in bright meadows.
This image doesn’t capture the huge number of wood poppies in bloom in this spot. There were a lot of downed branches that I wanted to avoid, so I took this image with a 300mm lens. Now I wish I’d used a wider focal length and found a way to include the downed branches in a composition.
The foliage for this flower carpets the forest floor, but I never find many flowering:
The botanical name is Erythronium americanum. The reason for the fishy name is that the foliage is supposed to resemble the patterns on trout. Soon this spot will have dozens of bluebells, trillium, wood poppy, and other flowers.
Last weekend I found a group of iris blooming at an arborteum. The hepatica haven’t bloomed yet, and the hellebore have just started to bloom, so it was a real surprise to find them. Here are two abstracts at high magnification:
The first image is a stack, but just a few images. The second image is a view down the throat of the flower. After doing a number of portrait images last year, I’ve been wanting to return to abstraction.
An Adonis vernalis, with anthers swept over to one side:
After I took this, I walked to another area at the arboretum and a snow shower started. I thought to go back to this flower to see what it would look like covered with snow, but the snow had completely melted by the time I arrived, leaving just a few uninteresting drops.
The first flowers of the season started blooming over the last week so here – snowdrops, crocuses, and this flower, Adonis vernalis:
It’s nonnative flower planted in a local arboretum, and it blooms before almost anything else except snowdrops, perhaps. When fully open it looks like a buttercup.