04.29.2016 Flashback Friday Flora

I remember finding this Round-leaved Yellow Violet (Viola rotundifolia) while photographing yellow trout lilies, aka dogtooth violets, in a local ditch.  Doesn’t seem that long ago, but it turns out to be 7 years.

Round-leaved-Yellow-Violet,042909-960Times does pass quickly.  Yesterday was  our 32nd anniversary.  Although it does seem like we’ve been married a while now, 32 years does amaze.  Still not quite half our lives have been together, but it will be soon.

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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15 Responses to 04.29.2016 Flashback Friday Flora

  1. This so beautiful. I like the yellow colored flowers very much.

    Happy anniversary. You are both fortunate to have found each other.

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    • Plus, you have to like a flower with the name “dogtooth”. 🙂

      Thanks, Yvonne. I think I got the better of the deal, but I’m not her consolation prize either. We are well-suited and have never had a real argument…a few earnest discussions, but no knock down drag outs. 🙂

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  2. Gallivanta says:

    Happy Anniversary. May there be many more, and lovely photos to accompany each one. 🙂

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  3. TK says:

    Happy Anniversary! Congratulations!

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  4. shoreacres says:

    What a beautiful violet. It always tickles me when I come across a photo of a flower with a name that sounds like an oxymoron: “yellow violet,” “yellow wild indigo.” In the case of the violet, at least, I found the color name was derived from one species, so that explains that.

    I also found this tidbit, from GoBotany:

    “Like many herbaceous plants of the eastern forests, round-leaved violet is dispersed by ants. The non-native invasive fire ant (Solenopsis invicta), which is spreading across the United States, also forages for ant-dispersed seeds. Experiments showed that when it collects seeds of round-leaved violet, 86% of them are destroyed in the process, far more than are destroyed when native ants collected them. In addition, fire ants were more likely to discard the seeds in sites unfavorable to germination.”

    Yet another reason to dislike fire ants: as if one were needed.

    A happy anniversary to you. I hope we’re all around to celebrate your 50th! (What a thought that is!)

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    • shoreacres says:

      I’ve been meaning to ask — have you ever been to Robert Francis’s house? Do you know it? Do you have any photos of it? When I saw that he’d lived near Amherst for over 60 years, I just wondered.


      • I haven’t and, until you mentioned him, have been unaware of his poetry or the house. But I do know the address and location and will do my best to get a picture or two. I’ve driven by it countless times in total ignorance.


    • And, of course, there is the rose…red as a rose, they say, but there are yellow roses, green roses, black roses, white roses.

      Go Botany, as you may have noticed, is a website of the New England Wildflower Society and my go to for native plant information. I think I may have read about the fire ant/violet relationship but most likely forgot because it just seemed vaguely familiar. How everything works together ecologically is way beyond what we can dream up or create.
      I’been lucky to not run into fire ants very often. Never sat on a hill but have occasionally had one or two go for a walk up my leg.

      Thanks, Linda. Our 50th would make me 86 and Mary Beth 83. It’s possible. I have always thought I’d make it to at least 85 and Mary Beth takes excellent care of herself so despite the MS I can see her outlasting me.


  5. 32 is 2 to the 5th power, so more power to the 2 of you. Eve and I are a bit more than three years behind you young folks. At the same time, you’re not too young for the experience of something turning out to have taken place longer ago than it seems.


  6. shoreacres says:

    I’ve been looking through Francis’s poems, and this one made me think of your photos. He clearly was looking at some of the same landscape as you.

    Winter uses all the blues there are.
    One shade of blue for water, one for ice,
    Another blue for shadows over snow.
    The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twice-
    Both different blues. And hills, row after row,
    Are colored blue according to how far.
    You know the bluejay’s double-blur device
    Shows best when there are no green leaves to show.
    And Sirius is a winterbluegreen star.

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