I snapped these Silver-Bordered Fritillaries at the beginning and end of a recent days end hike. Changing sunlight and windy conditions created some different looks.
Its in a beauty category of its own. No flashy petals or rays make it stand out. Its flower is more of an egg like spike. Beauty most likely is seen in the hood like bract that contains the flower – kind of pitcher plant like.
Flies and beetles appropriately pollinate the spike, what else wants to endure its smell. They seem to grow in pairs, deeply rooted in marshy ground, with signature Gnome-like hoods of maroon and green.
The leaves are starting to come on now, so you’ll need to get your chores boots on soon and take a muddy hike.
Last Sunday i found a bloom in a warm spot that evaded the morning frost. a return trip a couple of days later found these buds nipped, fooled by a sun spot. Six months ago I found these spring wildflowers, something to look forward to six months from now.