12.26.2011 Bloodroot Medley

I love Bloodroot.  It’s amongst the first Spring wildflowers and is a real pick-me-up after a long winter.  The ground is still covered with dried brown leaves and there is mud everywhere.  There are a couple of others, but the Bloodroot tells me it’s Spring and time to get excited about wildflowers again.

So, as we wind down the year and I wait for snow and ice to start offering some great subjects, I took a look through my flower images and put together this little Bloodroot study.  It is in the Poppy family and was used by Native Americans as a red dye, hence the name.  Another interesting fact is that the seeds are spread by ants.

I guess ants carried some of the seeds up onto the ledge where I found this neatly wrapped present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depending on the spread of the leaf, you can see the petals open to reveal the lovely yellow anthers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some leaves are more clasping than others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the flower opens just right the backdrop of the leaf allows a handsome portrait.

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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22 Responses to 12.26.2011 Bloodroot Medley

  1. Jay says:

    All beautiful photos. The first one is very interesting, my favorite. The third one reminds me of someone standing with a blanket wrapped around their shoulders, to protect them from the morning chill.

    • Hi Jay. Thanks. I also like the first the best as it has so much texture and character. Pretty apt metaphor for number three…it is usually pretty chilly when they are starting to bloom.

  2. beinginplace says:

    Lovely, intimate portraits of one of my favorite spring beauties too. We have a few precious patches in Boston’s metrowest, but each April I always flashback to my favorite hillside in SE Vermont where they grow like snow drifts come alive.

    • Hi Cherrie. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I sure would like to see that hillside. Chesterfield Gorge has a nice spot with hundreds of them (these are from Sunderland), but they still are in their own little patches. It would be wonderful to see a “snowdrift” of bloodroot.

  3. Great pictures of a great wildflower. I wish I had some of those to play with down here in Texas.

    Steve Schwartzman

    http://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com

  4. 57andrew says:

    A delightful series, Steve. Yes, I vote for number 1, too. For me it was the snowdrops and croci. When they popped up Spring couldn’t be too far away. Whites and yellows are easy to over cook. These are perfect.

  5. Gustav says:

    Superb! The framing, processing…sublime!

  6. Sandra says:

    HI Steve – very nice portfolio of a very interesting flower that I have not been aware of before; I don’t think it is growing over here ;)
    Thanks for showing and sharing; great stuff!

  7. Mark says:

    Fantastic representations of this flower Steve. It remains one of my favorites to photograph in the early spring.

    • Hi Mark. Thanks! Bloodroot was one of the first flowers I photographed when I got started in this many years ago and continues as a favorite to this day. As much as I enjoy all flowers, the Spring blooms are what really get me going. Can’t wait.

  8. Sharon says:

    I have never heard of a bloodroot, Steve. I don’t recall ever seeing one. How big are they? This series of photographs is beautiful….the last one is stunning.

    Sharon

    • Thanks Sharon. They are not too large, about the size of a quarter to a half dollar and the leaf around maple leaf size. Occasionally the blooms are double…that is two blooms. When in Acton this past year I saw some that were actually double blooms as in twice the petals and all frilly. :-)

  9. tomwhelan says:

    Beautiful group of bloodroot images – I like ‘em all. Best wishes for the new year – hope your Christmas was merry.

  10. Greg Russell says:

    These are some lovely images, Steve…such a pretty little flower. I like it a lot, and can see why you do too…

    …I’m looking forward to spring here, although its not feeling too wintery lately, which I have mixed feelings about. 85 degrees and sunny is not New Years weather!

    I hope 2012 finds you healthy and well, Steve!

    • Thanks Greg.
      I have lots of mixed feeling about Winter. You may have heard me complain that I don’t care for the cold very much, but I do like photographing ice and snow. I’m one confused guy I guess. :-)
      My best to you and your family for a superb 2012. Happy New Year!

  11. I love the one where the flower has not yet emerged. It’s such a crystal clear image; and the form looks like two beings wrapped in a cloak against the cold, lovingly keeping each other warm.
    K

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