09.09.2015 Fringed Gentian Bud

Thank you to all for contributing to the discussion yesterday.  It was great to hear your opinions.  I appreciate that you support my vision.

After leaving the pond, I visited the nearby site where I photographed Greater Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis crinita formerly Gentiana crinata) which fills the void in late summer for me that is filled in the spring by Painted Trillium.  I was slightly early for the full blooms, but the tightly wrapped buds are delightful as well.

Fringed-Gentian-bud-090715-700WebThere may not have been the expected fog, but the air was moist enough for some dew.

I’ll be looking here again over the weekend for some nice blooms.


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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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15 Responses to 09.09.2015 Fringed Gentian Bud

  1. I always appreciate your work; the bud is gorgeous, and the blooms are definitely on the way.

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  2. Lyle Krahn says:

    That dew adds a wonderful finishing touch.

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  3. Andrew says:

    I think you timed this perfectly Steve. The colour is stunning.


  4. shoreacres says:

    It’s a beautiful image, and a beautiful color. I noticed the change to Gentianopsis crinita, and out of the depths came William Cullen Bryant’s “Thanatopsis.” It’s been a while, but the words are as lovely as your photo.

    To him who in the love of Nature holds
    Communion with her visible forms, she speaks
    A various language; for his gayer hours
    She has a voice of gladness, and a smile
    And eloquence of beauty, and she glides
    Into his darker musings, with a mild
    And healing sympathy, that steals away
    Their sharpness, ere he is aware. When thoughts
    Of the last bitter hour come like a blight
    Over thy spirit, and sad images
    Of the stern agony, and shroud, and pall,
    And breathless darkness, and the narrow house,
    Make thee to shudder, and grow sick at heart;—
    Go forth, under the open sky, and list
    To Nature’s teachings, while from all around—
    Earth and her waters, and the depths of air—
    Comes a still voice—

    The whole poem is here, although I’m most fond of these first lines.

    Now I have to figure out the meaning of “opsis.” There’s coreopsis, and synopsis — I see a pattern here!

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    • Botanists use opsis to mean ‘looks like.’ Coreopsis, for example, looked to some people like a bedbug (at least the seed capsules did). I believe Bryant used Thanatopsis to mean ‘looking at death.’ In a synopsis someone looks through a work and puts the main points together (syn-). The root is Greek and means ‘eye,’ the organ that looks at things (think of optics and optometrist and of course the Cyclops with the big round (cycl-) eye in the middle of its forehead).

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    • Those are indeed beautiful words. I would love to be able to include such lines along with my images. I need to start exploring literature more seriously, I think. I’d rather they be my own, but that’s not as likely as finding them in the wonderful works of the truly talented.
      Bryant lived not far from here and The Trustees of Reservations manages his property. I should visit, don’t you think?


  5. When it comes to tightly wrapped buds you’re a man after my own (photographic) heart.

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  6. The blue color wins me every time. The blue knocks this photo out of the ballpark. Exceedingly beautiful.


    • This is a lovely shade it’s true, Yvonne. When opened, the bloom is not quite as deep a blue, but lovely still. I will visit these again this weekend during the afternoon when they are opened. They close up at night in the cool, so morning won’t work.

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  7. Pingback: 09.22.2015 Another Fringed Gentian Bud | Stephen Gingold Nature Photography Blog

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