06.27.2019 Next up

As the mountain laurel fades into summer, another plant with lots of white flowers is reaching its blooming peak, Elderberry. We are fortunate to have these shrubs in our yard where I made these images. I hope to get out this weekend and make some wider views.

In this case it is black elderberry, named for the fruit which will be a little while in developing.

From closer the flowers can really fill the frame.ย  As you would expect from so many flowers, the fruiting is in large clusters although each is very small. There are several reported health benefits as long as the berries are cooked first, otherwise they can be toxic.

All the little flowers seem to be at a dance party.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

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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16 Responses to 06.27.2019 Next up

  1. As you already know, this is one of those occasional species that Austin shares with you. How convenient that you’ve got yours right in your yard. In the second photo, you filled the frame with elderberry flowers even more than I filled mine three weeks ago.

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  2. shoreacres says:

    You can add me to the list of elderberry finders-and-keepers, although the photos I kept of the plant were taken closer to Steve’s territory than to mine. When I checked the date on my photos, I found they were from March 21. Beyond being amazed that three months have passed, it’s interesting to notice again the difference in bloom time for plants we do share.

    This is the bridal wreath (spirea) that both this photo and the ones of the mountain laurel brought to mind. I do miss that plant. The fragrance is delicious and strong — so much so I can almost smell it again, even at a distance of some decades.

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    • Yes, some odors are imprinted in our minds and can be recalled easily. Most are pleasant but there are a few I’d rather forget. I can always smell milkweed, daphne, and sweet fern. Your bridal wreath does have a similarity to the ones we’ve been sharing and so does your composition. Great minds.
      Yes, time passes much to quickly. Oh to go back to our youths when time seemed to crawl.

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  3. Beautiful isolation on the first shot. The second is exuberant. I can smell it all the way from California.

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  4. bluebrightly says:

    Great photos, and I like your idea that those little guys are at a dance party….we have Red elderberry here, already so long in fruit that the birds are making significant headway. ๐Ÿ™‚ THey are both such beautiful shrubs/trees/whatever – beings!

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