05.03.2022 You don’t always get what you want-2

I set out yesterday morning with the hopes of finding some Fringed Polygala in Lawrence Swamp’s pine woods here in town. Not a sign of them although I have found some on this date in May in the past. But I did find plenty of Wild Oats-Uvularia sessilifolia which is nothing to complain about.

Their drooping tendency makes getting a shot of the inner flower a bit difficult, they are only about 10″ tall, and I got this by lying on my side with the tripod splayed flat and a position slightly lower than the flower. Fortunately it was a fairly breezeless morning.

Aka Spreading Bellwort, Straw Lily, Merrybells, Sessile-leaf Bellwort, and Sessile Bellwort these were once thought to be a sore throat remedy because of their resemblance when a closed bud to a uvula…that funny thingie hanging at the top of your throat and thus the Latin genus Uvularia.


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 05.03.2022 You don’t always get what you want-2

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Merrybells is a lovely name that suits the lovely flower. Wonderful photo achieved with considerable effort, so good on you!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. picpholio says:

    A realy awesome shot Steve !

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  3. shoreacres says:

    Having tried a time or a few dozen to photograph the underside of hanging flowers, you have my admiration. The clarity of the striations in both the leaves and flower is especially noticeable, and attractive.

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  4. They say that if you lie down with dogs you get up with fleas. You lay down with a tripod and got up with a good picture. I’d noticed the genus name Uvularia and speculated about resemblance to a uvula.

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  5. melissabluefineart says:

    Nothing to complain about indeed! Especially when you create such an elegant photo of this lovely Uvularia. Here we have U. grandiflora which in my opinion, isn’t so grand. It creates a rather messy impression, unlike this tidy jewel of a plant.

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    So lovely in its simplicity… another woodland favorite!

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  7. Peter Klopp says:

    The great and rare perspective of an amazing flower! The effort of lying down on your side paid off. A good picture is worth a few contortions.

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  8. Todd Henson says:

    Nothing to complain about, indeed. A very worthwhile find. Your positioning was perfect for a fantastic composition with a great background that really helps the flower stand out.

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  9. Tina says:

    Your hard work and awkward position was worth it–that’s a gorgeous shot!

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  10. A beautiful find, capture and composition!

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  11. Beautiful Image Steve!

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  12. bluebrightly says:

    Such a lovely image, Steve. I’m glad you got down there! I didn’t see many of these and we don’t have any of this family in the west. I like them. The simplicity of the leaves and flowers reminds me of Solomon’s seal and similar plants. Elegant.

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