Deptford Pink

Deptford Pink

Deptford Pink, Dianthus armeria, lingering after summer has been gone a week. Note the mature anthers, say no more. Image taken with a Micro-nikkor 60mm AF macro lens–an excellent value for miserly photographers. For a higher resolution image, click the Flickr thumbnail or broken image link below. It started as a thumbnail, but flickr sucks at […]

Snow Trillium Bouquet

Snow Trillium Bouquet

Image taken with a Nikkor 70-300mm AF-S telephoto zoom. A telephoto is handy for wildflower shots. It reduces the temptation to get off the trail to trample the habitat inadvertently. It also compresses the perspective on the image front-to-back, tightening up this bunch of snow trillium (Trillium nivale) to appear a bit fuller. Related articles […]

Bloodroot with blue filter

Bloodroot in Black

I find what a blue filter does to the color yellow to be fascinating. It creates a very striking effect, as in this stand of bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis). Bloodroot is just approaching its bloom finish this year. Our early wildflowers are about two weeks late compared to recent years. However, the trillium grandiflorum are catching […]

Trout Lily Beetle

Trout Lily with Beetle

Today’s factoid: 88% of insect-pollinated flowers are pollinated by beetles. Much more in the tropics than in temperate zones, but it happens. This trout lily and soldier beetle species are demonstrating that it indeed does happen in Pennsylvania. Beetles, being generally more crawlers than a fliers, sort of lumber through, bodies smeared with pollen. They […]

Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches

Dutchman’s Breeches herald spring. At last, the ephemeral wildflowers are with us again after a very, very long winter! Taken with a Nikon D90 and a Micro-nikkor 60mm f/2.8 macro lens. Related articles Dutchman’s breeches Some spring wildflowers ~ Dutchman’s Breeches

Witch hazel bloom

Last Bloom

Witch hazel blooms close out the flowering season. Image taken in November.  Nikkor 70-300mm AF-S ED VR. Another case where a telephoto comes in handy for wildflower photography.