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“First Blue Cohosh Flower”

“First Blue Cohosh Flower”

“Alien yet familiar, careful observation shows us things we had not expected.” – Ed Lehming

Blue Cohosh is one of the first wildflowers that made me begin to better understand the natural environment around me. When I started spending more deliberate time in the forest, starting to see it as a participant rather than a casual observer, I could not help but notice this purple-blue plants that emerge with the rest of the spring flowers but standout because their colour is so different.

Among the bright greens of the surrounding plants, these appear very out of place. As a botany newbie, I had no idea what they were, so I set out to find out what I was seeing. This simple act started me on a path to learning much more about my environment than I had thought possible. My standard routine now is to constantly seek out and study new finds.

Back to the Blue Cohosh. For the longest time, I did not even think they have flowers, because they are so small; as with many other plants, you need to look closely to see details that are at first not obvious or easily observable to the naked eye. The Blue Cohosh looks almost alien when you get close up. Bear in mind, these blossoms are tiny, less than a centimetre across and they are a deep purple-blue that makes it difficult to observe details. This is the first one of the season and not quite as plump as others I have seen, so I’m hoping to collect a few more images before this year’s bloom is finished.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm

1/400 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200

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“Up Close with Blue Cohosh”

“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.

Nikon D800
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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“Blue Cohosh Blossoms”

“Blue Cohosh Blossoms”

“This is a story about the color blue, and like blue, there’s nothing true about it. Blue is beauty, not truth. ‘True blue’ is a ruse, a rhyme; it’s there, then it’s not. Blue is a deeply sneaky color.”
― Christopher Moore

This is a plant I’ve been intrigued with for some time. It’s one of the first to emerge from the forest floor in this region and very odd in its colouration. While most spring plants vary in shades of greens and yellows, this plant is a blueish-purple. A bit hard to spot at first, but once you see it, it seems to be everywhere.

I’ve photographed it for the past few years, with varying satisfaction. This year, I returned with my macro lens, initially wanting to photograph just the opening plant. Then, I noticed the tiny yellow flowers, no more than two millimeters across, and hard to see clearly.

The macro lens revealed detail I could not have imagined. It’s opening up a new world to me, one that existed but was not readily visible to me, and I’m loving the view.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/30 sec, f/18.8, ISO 200