“Up Close with Blue Cohosh”
“Barely visible on first glance, it’s alien form surprises the first time viewer”
– Ed Lehming
It is so nice to finally make images with no snow. The past few weeks have been cool, wet, and miserable, with more rain than I care for. But, the rain melted the snow and ice away and provided lots of moisture to promote plant growth.
Over the past few days, the sun has been out and the ground has warmed up to the point where wildflowers are everywhere. The plants are emerging so quickly that you can almost hear the leaves rustling with the rapid growth.
Among the first to emerge for the duff and loam is Blue Cohosh, which is actually purple. As I began understanding the local wildflowers a few years ago, I was always intrigued by this strangely wonderful plan. Then, I made my first image of the flower, completely by accident, as I did not know they flowered. Since then, I have made many images of the flowers, each one revealing more detail than the last.
This close up shows all the wonderful detail of the almost alien looking flower against the soft tan background of the leaf covered forest.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/250 sec, f/10.0, ISO 250
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Oh! Medicinal plants. You have a knack for finding them!
Thanks, they are everywhere, once you see them for the first time.
I love black and blue cohosh! I enjoy your spring photography. Thank you, Ed.
Love the shapes of this flower – have never seen it before.
They are quite tiny.