Elusive Wildflowers Part 1 – Hepatica
In the event that I get crap out of the camera tomorrow, here’s what I shot today. All three were shot with my old Olympus 90mm.
It’s round-lobed hepatica, a very early riser in the spring wildflower pantheon. And one I’ve never shot before. The name refers to the leaves which are quite distinctive and so I couldn’t keep them out of my compositions –
Hopefully tomorrow is sunny enough so that they bloom. Even with them in a nodding position, they are lovely to behold. Like spring beauties (a similar flower) they are very small and stay nearly buried in leaf-litter most of the time. The leaves as you can, see, turn a lovely red color and overwinter like that. I loved the idea of using one as a background and when I saw the arrangement above I went through my usual contortions to capture it. So hard not to squash other flowers. Here’s a shot of one that is showing a lavender variation (no color correction needed, btw!) and its old leaf in front. I love the color combinations of these shots. Not what is normally seen with wildflowers.
Each plant bears a single flower and so when I found big groups of them I took note of the location for tomorrow. I hope I can get them flowering and in dappled sunlight. That would just be so great. So, here’s hoping!