03.31.2020 Signs of Spring

When I went looking for flowers the other day, the day of the mushroom, I did find some signs of future flowering. Among the early bloomers are columbine. I am following the lead of some who are posting old images as an exercise in self-isolation although when I have the opportunity to go out and do some photography I will. There are a number of places I can go where I have always been isolated and walks in nature are allowed.

Some of these have appeared here before but have been updated.

The First Sign Of Columbine.

As the stem extends and the leaves capture dew.

Budded

Blooms

Of course, the ultimate columbine shot involves a hummingbird which I’ve never managed to capture.Β  Maybe this year.

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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36 Responses to 03.31.2020 Signs of Spring

  1. krikitarts says:

    I love our columbines in Minnesota and will dearly miss them this year. What a great quintet; the second, with the dew globes, is extraordinary.

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  2. eremophila says:

    Absolutely exquisite photography Steve. I love the flowers, but haven’t lived in the best climate for them.

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    • Thanks, Annie. Believe me, I am thankful for where I live. Flowers are my favorite subject…well, I could say that about a few others too. But I am always on a high when spring arrives and brings new blooms to appreciate.

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  3. Ms. Liz says:

    These are gorgeous!

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  4. Lovely colours and forms, Steve. Very nicely done. I always love the freshness of spring.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    I’ve never seen such deeply saturated colors in this flower. Of course, I’ve not seen that many columbines, either, and haven’t seen any in the woods. That may make a difference. The bud is glorious.

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    • These are not quite as spectacular as those found in Colorado, but they can be quite colorful when nice and fresh. I got lucky finding the fourth one with some sunlight on just it with the darker background which really boosts the color and saturation. It’s funny…this was the only time I shot a bud. I’ll have to remedy that this spring.

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  6. That’s a pretty closeup at the end. In the previous picture, the curving flower stalk struck me as a power cord, and the downward-oriented flower itself as a lamp.

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  7. Beautiful series of images Steve! Enjoyed seeing them!

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  8. Littlesundog says:

    These are stunning images, and I can’t say which I love best. I never realized how slender the stem of a columbine could be.

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  9. Ann Mackay says:

    The little globes of dew are better than jewels! And I love the flowers too – they’re quite different to the aquilegias we have here.

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  10. melissabluefineart says:

    I savored each one but absolutely stopped in my tracks on the bud…what a stunning work of art it is!

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  11. Wow. Impossible to pick out a favorite. Hummingbirds are a worthy endeavor. Tip: watch your RGB histogram carefully as your shoot. The iridescent colors tend to blow out the green and red channels and you will find yourself needing to underexpose pretty drastically. I have had the underexpose as much as five stops.

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  12. Eliza Waters says:

    I love native columbine – I esp. like the fabulous second shot of the dew-studded bud.
    I think the wildflowers will be early this year– I noted violet foliage is out already and I’ve rarely seen them bloom before May 1.

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    • Thanks, Eliza.

      Our lawn violets haven’t shown their leaves yet, likewise for my barrel birdfeet. But I just noticed the bluebells above ground so that’s exciting and the trailing arbutus is budded up. It’s coming. πŸ™‚

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  13. bluebrightly says:

    I’m proud of myself – I knew it was Columbine bat the first photo. The series is wonderful – maybe you’ll consider doing others like it, from first sprout to – whatever – bloom, seed, etc. Just the transition from bud to open flower is amazing, isn’t it? You’d never know what’s hiding inside. You don’t need the hummer but I hope you get it. πŸ˜‰

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    • I do have a couple of flowers with those stages but I don’t think I have posted them as a series. Guess that’d be a good project. Thanks, Lynn. Although we know what a particular flower should look like, there are always surprises. πŸ™‚
      I think I’ll plant some columbine in the yard this year and then sit in a blind waiting for visitors. πŸ™‚

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  14. All lovely, Steve, but the dewdrops are my favorite.

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  15. Beautiful images. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing.

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