“Emerging Bloodroot”

“Emerging Bloodroot”

“Each beginning is the end of a waiting. We are each given exactly one chance to be. Each of us is both impossible and inevitable. Every replete tree was first a seed that waited.”
― Hope Jahren

This photo is now a few days old, but I wanted to go back to it to show the wonderful structure of the bloodroot, a native early bloomer her in southern Ontario. I have a real fascination with this particular plant especially because it is so unusual, as are many of the early plants, but Bloodroot holds a special place for me.

The plant itself, emerges for the ground as a small knob, barely visible and within a few short hours, grows to about fifteen centimeters, unfurls its ‘cape’ and blooms. I refer to the leaves as its ‘cape’ since they are tightly bound around the stem and open up like a cape or cloak, revealing the flower bud inside. It also opens quickly as the plant continues to emerge from the ground.

I happened to catch this one just before the blossom opened and it too, unfurls. I would love to do a time-lapse of this process some day in the near future. As it stands now, they have almost all bloomed and I will have to wait till next year.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/15 sec, f/36.0 ISO 320

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One Comment on ““Emerging Bloodroot”

  1. Pingback: “Dutchman’s Breeches” | Ed Lehming Photography

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