Coming out of the shadows

29 03 2012

The showy bursts of color from spring and summer wildflowers are always attention-getting. It’s usually the bright colors against a cloudless blue sky or filling a huge field that grab you. In this case, the flowers were hillside and not yet fully visible because the sun was just peeking over the top of the hill.

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In the shadows the bright yellow flowers are visible as dots while the darker purple ones are at their best in the sun. And there in the full sun is a white Angelica plant, which is a member of the carrot family. It’s literally coming out of the shadows to greet the day.

Photographed at Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall that drops nearly 200 feet. The waterfall is in southwest Iceland, near Reykjavik.

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1,000 words, image nine

28 03 2012

(Ninth in a series of eventually 1,000 images).

The beauty of the butterfly. This Malachite butterfly (found the name via Flickr) is doing the busy and necessary work of pollinating flowers.

Green & black butterfly

Short-lived though they are, butterflies evoke a sense of peace and serenity when we see them. It’s a free mental health benefit courtesy of Mother Nature.





Spring is in the air

8 03 2012

The daffodil’s bright yellow flowers bring cheer around the world. When you see daffodils in bloom, you know longer, warmer days are ahead and winter gloom will soon be a dim memory.

(Or, they may remind of you of times past. I think of sorority girls in college who sold them to raise money for charity, but it always seemed to be snowing or raining and in the 30s during their sale. The girls looked so unhappy on the street with their little yellow blooms.)

Grow

The flower a favorite of gardeners and non-gardeners alike because of its low maintenance requirements, dependable and exponential blooms, and ability to grow seemingly anywhere. The hardy plant, found in a range of climates worldwide, is a member of the lily family, genus Narcissus L. (source: USDA). Other daffodil varieties in the family include jonquils and narcissus flowers.

The specimen above was shot from a low angle at Green Park in London, UK. In England, the flowers bloom during Lent so are known as lenten lilies. Parks throughout London are carpeted with green shoots and yellow flowers. It’s a common sight to see families and children sitting among the flowers to have their portraits taken with this most photogenic of flowers.








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