Today’s post contains one of the first Missouri wildflowers that I usually see in the woodlands. I normally find Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria) plants as one of the first greenery that rises between the leaf litter in the woodlands. Shortly after, they start blooming, often very profusely. The location I typically shoot the Dutchman’s Breeches contains thousands of little plants, and when in full bloom is quite spectacular. Here are a few of my favorite Dutchman’s Breeches images I’ve captured over the past couple of years:
The Dutchman’s Breeches flowers are usually a brilliant white, but can be a faint pink color. Growing to about a foot high, by mid-March there are usually lots of green plants growing on the woodland floor, and are typically blooming within a week or two, thereafter. Small and dainty, but a great start to spring woodland wildflower season!
I’ll begin scouting for woodland wildflowers within the next couple of weeks … hoping for an early start to this year’s wildflower season!
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 1D Mark 3 and 5D Mark 3 bodies
- Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
- Bogen 3221 tripod with ballhead
- ISO 400 to ISO 800 (depending on wind)
- Aperture f/3.5 to f/11
- Shutter variable, depending on aperture setting and ISO used