“Wild Ginger Blossom and Bud”
“Spring will not be stopped. Despite a few snowfalls and cool nights, life continues to emerge” – Ed Lehming
Yet another allusion to the current COVID situation. Like the quote I associated with this photo, life will continue, in time. We are sure to have some unpleasant bumps along he way, things will not go according to humanity’s schedule, but they will continue and as has happened since the dawn of time, balance will return and the world will thrive, perhaps not in the same way, but it will thrive.
Like this wild ginger blossom I happened across by chance. Given the cooler temperatures, I had not planned on even looking for these hard to spot blossoms for a few weeks, but it was poking out from beneath a sheltering cover of leaves. I did notice the leaves first, while having a closer look at some trilliums. As I investigated a bit more I noticed the blossoms. They are hard to spot because of their colour, small size, and habit of being very close to the ground.
Something that I had not paid much attention too in previous years, but which stood out to me this time, primarily because of the snowfall and my many red trillium encounters as that these small blossoms are very similar to the trilliums in colour, I also noticed they were quite pungent, so like the red trilliums, I expect the smell that way to attract flies to pollinate them. The plant stems and flowers are also covered in fine hairs, to trap warm air against the stems, much like the Hepaticas that I have been enjoying these past weeks.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @ 220 mm
1/1000 sec, f/14.0, ISO 800