Woodland profusion

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.

Inside a violet

Violets are coming up everywhere in my area. These extreme closeups were taken after a rain:

I’ve seen the tiny orange aphids before, sometimes on violets, sometimes on crocuses.

Trout lily

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.

Bloodroot

This flower is in a patch in the woods not far from where I live, a spot I’ve been visiting for years. This time a bit of sun shone through some foliage and briefly lit up the flower:

Hepatica

Last weekend, the bloodroot started blooming, along with squirrel corn, the first Mertensia bluebells, and this hepatica:

There was also a beautiful miniature trillium blooming. I’ll save that for another post…

Early iris

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.

Moss capsules

I started photographing moss capsules last year, and I’ve been watching for the first spore capsules of the season:

By this time last year, I saw several different species. These were the first I found in several locations I’ve been checking.

Drops and pine needles

Some recent rainy weather made pine needles look beautiful, arrays of bright drops:

The last one was taken in late afternoon in dim light. The colors faded in the high contrast light, making the image almost black and white.

Adonis, open

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.

First Flower

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.