Driving home from church yesterday, I noticed a few Bluebell wildflowers (Mertensia virginica) nearly ready to bloom. Although they are already “late” in blooming, I was surprised to see buds on some of the plants, particularly with our recent cold weather. Thinking of these beauties, I’ve pulled together some of my favorite Bluebell images from last year. This first image is what I was seeing yesterday, buds preparing to open:
I know I won’t see any bees or butterflies for a while, at least until the temperatures stabilize at warmer temps. But I’m ready to look for blooming bluebell plants, as well as other common, early spring wildflowers. If it’s not raining after I publish this post, I’m heading for some nearby woods to see what I can find! And if it is raining, I’ll head there over the next couple of days, as soon as our showers have concluded.
Photographic Equipment Used:
- Canon 7D body
- Canon EF180mm, f/3.5 macro lens
- Gitzo 1258-LVL carbon fiber tripod, with Kirk Ent. HD ball head
- ISO 400 and 800
- Aperture f/3.5, f/5, f/8
- Shutter 1/250 sec., 1/800 sec., 1/1000 sec.