A lot of folks in the eastern part of the state have been seeing flowers already, but we are just now starting to make some progress into spring.
I visited my usual early spot for wildflowers this morning and found some Bloodroot and Dutchman’s Breeches. In both cases it is still early but there were several that had formed buds which are just beginning to open.
I saw the Dicentra cucullaria, aka Dutchman’s Breeches, first along the road so I knew there would be some on the ledges above. I liked the threesome seen here.
After that I made my way back and then up towards another spot where the Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is usually found ahead of other spots. One had bloomed fully but dropped a petal so I kept on and found this bud in the process of opening. I immediately thought it would make a nice Black and White image. I wanted the petals to be the focal point, of course, so took out my large 30″ reflector and used it to shade the background. My smaller 12″ reflector was then used to illuminate the flower and add some light inside the curled leaf.