Deptford pinks

A tiny wildflower on a long stem – I found a lot of them blooming recently:

16 thoughts on “Deptford pinks

  1. This is a soft yet reassuringly sharp portrait.

    At I found this:

    “Some authorities consider this plant, a European native, to be weedy or invasive. This is supported by the fact that this introduced species is now found in the wild in all but three states (not known in Arizona, Alaska, or North Dakota) as well as much of Canada. Deptford is a town in the south of England where the plant grew in such abundance that it became the source of the common name.”

    The site’s statement that “The Mountain Pink common name is more commonly used for the species Centaurium beyrichii” provides a connection to central Texas, where “our” mountain pinks have been flowering.

    • As a photographer, I see beauty first. As a lover of nature, I avoid photographing invasive species. So I regret posting this if this flower is really invasive. It’s certainly nonnative, but it doesn’t seem form monocultures as the worst invasives do.

      • As far as I know, it isn’t really considered invasive, at least here in Massachusetts. While popping up in many places, invasive usually means crowding out all other species and in my experience that doesn’t happen with these. Yesterday I found a bunch while photographing yarrow and black-eyed susans and everyone was doing fine and happy. Native Plant Trust lists states where a plant is found and if invasive. No mention of that for this species.

      • I checked the ID area (go.botany) at the Native Plant Trust, and didn’t see anything about an invasive status for this flower. Black-eyed Susans are just about to bloom here…

  2. It’s a beautiful flower, and a lovely portrait. I’m seeing more and more references to this stacking business among you photographers, and I must say — I feel a little better now about my photos. I’ve found it almost impossible to keep flowers at different distances in focus, while others do so well. Now I understand there can be some ‘tricks’ involved — or shall we say ‘techniques.’ I still don’t understand it all, but I’m glad you and others do, and can put those techniques to such good use.

    • At first, I thought stacking was “cheating”. Now I see it as just another way to get the image I want. I’ve noticed that it’s now accepted as a technique, along with dodging and burning, in some nature photography contests.

      • Flowers don’t stay in a plane, more so if they are a pair. These were just a little of of plane. I kept stopping down and adjusting the angle with no success. It was welcome that I got a decent background, even at f/11, especially since I was shooting down.

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