This morning followed a heavy rain, so I wasn’t expecting too much. Most of the plants were bent over and looking generally bedraggled. But a few stood up to the weather and one was Common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum) which appears to be the only alien of the several St. Johnsworts we see.
Yellows are tough colors, but an overcast day sure helps. An overcast day is almost always preferable in flower photography. And getting to the plant early in flowering is a help as well. Once this bloom fades, it persists for a while as a brown dried out mass which makes the plant less lovely. They are most often found along roadsides and in waste areas and are notably brown and unattractive from a distance.
So, without further ado, here is my post of this lovely flower. I did get it with the first bud to bloom. I did a shot of this flower in similar composition and light a few years back which is now hanging on the wall in my exhibit. http://stephengingoldphoto.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Flora/G0000J7rraELfG3M/I0000jwodVXwkhB8
One of my first wildflower images was this plant. That was many years ago and as much as I liked the shot, it was a beginner’s effort (full bright sunlight and a few spent blooms) and has not stood the test of time. 🙂