Spring has returned in Missouri! My evidence? I found/photographed my first woodland wildflower yesterday afternoon … False Rue Anemone (Isopyrum biternatum). I was scouting my favorite woodland wildflower location, not far from my home, as I will be conducting some half-day workshops there, as soon as the wildflowers begin blooming. As I hiked through the woods, I observed the Dutchman’s Breeches still growing and a seemingly never-ending number of new plants emerging from the leaf litter. And Dog-toothed Violets (aka, Trout Lily) were also emerging in large groups, with their trademarked spotted leaves standing up through the fallen, tree leaves covering the ground … a few as much as ~4 inches high. But then I found the False Rue Anemone … only a few plants beginning to bloom, but oh, so pretty! Here are a few images I captured of them:
The flowers of the False Rue Anemone are not fully opened. They resembled a tubular flower, but once they fully open, the 5 white sepals will be evident. These wildflowers are very small (especially when not fully open) and so delicate in appearance. But such a wonderful sight to end the wrath of winter and to begin the season of growing!
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 5D Mark 3 body
- Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
- Bogen 3221 tripod, with Giottos ballhead
- ISO 400 (all photos)
- Aperture f/3.5 to f/6.3
- Shutter 1/200 sec. to 1/1000 sec.