Lupine

Lupine are just starting to bloom – these two spikes were the first two flowering in a local meadow:

I liked the way the stems curved toward each other. Another lovely flower in the pea family. Lupine means wolf-like, but the explanations I’ve read for the association are oddly fanciful, one was that the plant could “drain, or ‘wolf’, the soil of its nutrients.”

22 thoughts on “Lupine

  1. Which is the opposite of what it does~members of the pea family enrich the soil.
    I really like this crisp shot of lupines and, like you, I like how the stems curve toward each other.

    • Yes, I thought that was an odd thing to say of a legume. Thanks, Melissa – I’m looking forward to printing this one. No one has noticed the tiny spider yet..

  2. I love this family of plants. Of course we have our bluebonnets, but I’ve found white, purple, and yellow “cousins” to this plant that show the same wonderful qualities: not only in the flowers and buds, but even in the leaves. To find a pair so nicely arranged must have thrilled you, especially with each stem at a slightly different stage of development.

    • Yes, I absolutely was thrilled to see this pair arranged so, I knew what I wanted to do as soon as I saw them. The hard part was waiting for a passing cloud for softer light – directional light wouldn’t have worked. This stand of lupines also has white and pink blooms.

    • When I saw this pair, I knew it would be the best image of the day. The trick was waiting for a passing cloud – bright light made an unappealing background.

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