Multi-Flora Rose was introduced as an experimental natural fence row. An experiment gone out-of-control, this lovely flowering shrub is now the invasive curse to every forest restoration project, farmers pasture, and overgrown fence-row.
All of my photos this spring have rain drops in them I think. Even the 17 Year Cicada I posted Saturday needs to dry out. So here are a few more photos with rain drops to join Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord – Acts 3:19
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. – Psalm 19:7
Its a Macro Monday
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV
An early Spring wildflower, I see it along many roadsides and woodland edges. At first glance it may be passed off as a bunch of dandelions. If your a lawn purist its a weed. If your an native purist its invasive. If your into homeopathic remedies it a herb. If you like flowers it has beauty.
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.
Skunk Cabbage Flower
Skunk Cabbage reigns as springs first wildflower, although it usually can be found by the end of February. While some look to the harbinger of spring in the Red Winged Blackbird, I choose to search out the first Skunk Cabbage flower. It comes first – or brings hope earlier.
It grows in wetlands requiring dedicated effort to seek it out off the trail. It took me til this past weekend to seek it this year, but the satisfaction of muddy boots, dirty knees and fresh air for this capture ruled my morning.
Skunk Cabbage is unique, forging its way into the world producing its own heat to melt late winter and early spring snows. The flower is undramatic, yet beautiful in its simple if rugged symmetry. Its one big drawback…it stinks, like a skunk.
Given the conditions, I captured this shot at 55mm with a 20mm extension. I used the ISO auto setting at f6.3, aperture priority.
I’ll share some more of its captivating character later in the week.