Growing Up

Three days ago, when I visited a nearby woodland area, I found that the Dog-tooth Violets, also known as Trout Lily (Erythronium albidum) were in the process of poking their colorful, mottled leaves through the leaf litter. Here is what the leaf looks like:

Dog-tooth Violet (aka Trout Lily) leaf

This lovely wildflower is a 2-leaved plant that grows to about 7-inches tall. Once the green/rust-red leaves are set, a single stem will shoot up from the base of the leaves and will feature a white to bluish-white flower. As soon as I publish this post, I’m on my way to check out the local natural prairie for signs of spring there, followed by a trip to the woodland these Dog-tooth Violets are growing, then to a friend’s acreage for a “secret” photo session … one that I hope to share very soon!

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 5D Mark 3 body
  • Canon EF 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
  • Bogen 3221 tripod, with Giottos ballhead
  • ISO 400
  • Aperture f/3.5
  • Shutter 1/320 sec.



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