“Tiny hints of purple between the undergrowth draw me in. Wild geraniums are beginning to bloom as the forest darkens under a thickening canopy of leaves.” – Ed Lehming
I still recall vividly the first time I discovered these beautiful little blooms along a forest trail. At first, easy to overlook, but once you see them they seem to be in every nook and cranny. Not knowing what they were, I took a few photos and researched them when I got home.
It turns out that these are wild geraniums. They look nothing like their highly modified domestic and highly hybridized counterparts, but when you look at them side by side, some similarities start to show.
I’ve gotten to the point where I begin to note the foliage in late spring and make a point of going back to the denser patches around blossom time, which began last week. Once you notice them, like many of the other diminutive forest floor blossoms, it’s hard not see more. They do tend to like the shade, thus the unusually high aperture setting on my camera in order to facilitate the narrow aperture, and slightly moist soil but are quite adaptable and are a hint at the many forest wildflowers still to bloom.
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/80 sec, f/16, ISO 3200
“Long experience has taught me that people who do not like geraniums have something morally unsound about them. Sooner or later you will find them out; you will discover that they drink, or steal books, or speak sharply to cats. Never trust a man or a woman who is not passionately devoted to geraniums.”
― Beverley Nichols
I found the quote hilarious. The quote is from Merry Hall, a book about the restoration of a home and garden in post-war England. The author is a devout horticulturalist.
Fortunately, I do like geraniums, so I should be OK on that account.
Back to the studio flowers for a while. Actually, the “studio” is outside on my deck and I used diffused sunlight to make this image against a black background. The effect of the black background allows the flowers and their delicate structure to really reveal themselves. I’m quite enjoying this style and am working on a portable background that I can take with me on my hikes. This way I can use the same technique with wildflowers, without disturbing them.
The geranium pictured here is one of many varieties we have in our garden, most given to us by my mother-in-law as she downsized from her house to a smaller apartment, where she had no space to winter over the geraniums. This beautiful pink and red variety seemed a good subject for a photo.
Tamron SP 70-200mm f/2.8 Di VC USD @ 200mm
1/13 sec, f/10.0, ISO 200
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