The top part of the bud reminds me of an ice cream swirl.
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Well that would ruin the cone if you licked it. It is rather delicate.
I really love how you framed this shot~it is beautiful. One day I’ll have to get out and sort out the gentians. There must be a lesser one, I’m assuming.
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Thank you, Melissa. I’ve plenty of clean portraits but really like the fine grasses here.
I should try to identify them next time I am there.
There is a lesser but I don’t believe it occurs here. It is listed for Minnesota so possibly in Illinois also.
I believe the one I was trying to think of here was downy gentian. We do have the big blue one, too which really delights me, given that it is so blue and all. 🙂 I’ll have to look into the lesser and see if that is around here as well. Thanks.
Thank you, Eliza. Fringed Gentians are such lovely flowers. I grew a couple last year but Mary Beth thought she was helping by deadheading them not realizing they are biennials. I purchased a couple more at Nasami the weekend before last. If they bloom next year I’ll return the favor. 🙂
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Well, you cooked up a fine post for us with this gentian. The color is luscious, and I really like the background. The blue-greens complement the purple wonderfully well.
Thanks. I am hoping to get back up there some afternoon this weekend before they are all spent and while open. I’ve seen them with these fine grasses before and made something similar. The color is the larger part of what makes this a favorite wildflower but the fringes are a close second.
So now you’re going to torture me with gentian photos…we’ve talked about them before, I’m sure. I can still hear my mother saying “And we found the Fringed Gentian” after another of her epic hikes in the Blue Ridge Mtns. Joe and I finally enjoyed a hike in the mountains here, one week ago, too late for gentians to be in flower up there, but I thought I saw the plants. Not sure which one. I don’t know the mtn. flowers yet. Well, thank you. I could get lost in that blue…I love how the sepals embrace the petals so securely. You positioned yourself to reveal that sweet edge of fringe and kept the perfect little bits of grasses in focus as supporting cast. Delicious.
Thanks although no torture intended. I am going to have to reprocess this as I missed the “shadow” or whatever over the curved blade of dried grass. The leaves are distinctive with a bit of ruddy tinge so I think you would recognize them.
You’re a perfectionist. 🙂 The thing with recognizing plants on a walk in the mountains for me, is that just being there is so exhilarating that I don’t notice as much detail as I do in my normal surroundings. There’s also a certain amount of pressure to keep moving when you’re on a trail you haven’t been on before, and you know it’s a two-hour ride home. I always find myself thinking, if I could come back tomorrow then I could settle in a little better. 🙂
I often have that sense that I need to return somewhere. Often it is for a better time, say the bloom is not quite there, or just because the place deserves exploration.
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