Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

From buds to flowers

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Coral Honeysuckly Flowers 5659

Near the beginning of January I showed you some buds of coral honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens, that I’d seen out of season a couple of weeks earlier. When I was at the Arbor Walk Pond on February 22nd I saw some of that same kind of honeysuckle that had flowered and was making a vivid contrast with the blue sky (at least when looked at from down low, about which vantage point I’ve already given you the lowdown). Another name for this wildflower is trumpet honeysuckle; those are some long, long trumpets, don’t you think?

And here’s what some new growth on this kind of vine looked like that day:

Coral Honeysuckle New Growth 5671

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 20, 2016 at 5:05 AM

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  1. Beaitiful work!


    March 20, 2016 at 6:51 AM

  2. Sometimes I wonder if seasons don’t imprint themselves on our psyches in some way when we’re young. My first response to the honeysuckle blooms was, “That’s a summer flower!” Somehow, I still imagine spring as a pastel season, even though there already are sunflowers, cedar sage, and other bright flowers emerging all around me.

    This one certainly is a beauty: bright, and vivid. But I like the second photo equally: not so much for its color as for its lines, and for what may be an optical illusion. Surely that reddish leaf isn’t attached by two stems: or is it? Or is one leaf hidden? There’s a lot going on there, in such a simple photo.


    March 20, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    • I wouldn’t say that one leaf is hidden, though its identity as a separate leaf may be. I believe we’re looking at two red leaves, each one curled longitudinally and therefore only partly visible. You raise an interesting question, though: are there any species in which a leaf is attached to a plant by more than one stem? Even if no double connection exists in nature, has anyone ever drawn or painted (or digitally manipulated a photograph to create) such a thing? We could ask the same question about a leaf with its stalk attached at the “wrong” end.

      Your comment also makes me wonder what percent of people in a four-season climate are like you in feeling that spring flowers are more toned down than some that come later.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 20, 2016 at 8:32 AM

  3. Simply beautiful! 🙂
    Have a great Sunday,


    March 20, 2016 at 12:13 PM

  4. What marvelous colors, and nicely played to accent the shapes here!


    March 21, 2016 at 11:59 AM

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