“Starflower – trientalis borealis”

“Starflower - trientalis borealis”

“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it’s enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe of darkness. Never give up.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich

This little flower is aptly named. As I returned from my photo hike last weekend, I thought I had come across some real rare, hard to find flower. When I found it, and saw the name, I smiled. I smiled because of the most obvious name  and that it was not rare at all, I had merely missed its blooming cycle for the past many years. Once seen, it’s hard to miss, as the bright flower gleams from the dark forest floor, like the celestial star it is named after.

Perhaps the damp, cool days of this past spring are a contributing factor to it still blooming. In any case, I’m glad to made its acquaintance. Even this photo makes it seem larger than it really is. Think about half the size it appears to be. It was also difficult to find a blossom that had not been flipped over and stuck to the leaves by teh rain, as the flower stalk itself is very thin and delicate.

Now that I have marked the location in my mind, I intend to return next year, hoping that they have increased in numbers, and that I catch the bloom at its peak.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/30 sec, f/10.0 ISO 800

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