Portraits of Wildflowers

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Cardinal flowers

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I hadn’t seen any cardinal flowers (Lobelia cardinalis) for several years when I discovered one plant flowering right at the edge of Bull Creek on August 14th. (I found one more when I went to Great Hills Park on August 21 to photograph my colanderized eclipse.)

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 1, 2017 at 5:04 AM

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  1. Isn’t it funny how flowers come and go? This is a wonderful example of something you’ve often mentioned: the inability to predict when or where flowers will emerge.

    The colors are as cheerful as colanderized is amusing. When I did a little search to see how commonly the word might be used, I was even more amused to bump into the Pastafarians again: a ‘religious’ group whose saints aren’t canonized, but colanderized.


    September 1, 2017 at 5:59 AM

    • I have a feeling the people who are lobbying to get colanderized will want the piña colada (literally strained pineapple) as their sacramental beverage.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 1, 2017 at 1:55 PM

  2. Gorgeous… needs to be preserved! 🙂


    September 1, 2017 at 6:48 AM

    • This species seems resilient, give the way a few plants spring up in a place after years of absence there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 1, 2017 at 1:55 PM

  3. It’s a beautiful flower!
    You always have lively comments, also, which enhance, but do not eclipse, your posts – – Linda made the neatly mitered connection, to the Pastafarians. Who, at least in Austria, have won the right to have colanderized photos on their drivers’ licenses.

    Robert Parker Teel

    September 1, 2017 at 7:47 AM

    • It is a beautiful wildflower, and a bonus is that it grows in many parts of North America. Thanks for your own lively comment about not eclipsing the posts.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 1, 2017 at 1:59 PM

  4. A lovely picture of a beautiful flower, hard to photograph well, as you have.


    September 1, 2017 at 10:40 PM

    • This is a wildflower I’ve struggled to portray well, as you pointed out. I wish I saw it more often so I could practice more.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2017 at 8:27 AM

  5. Such a beautiful flower, and one of my favorites, Steve! These grew all over the swampy areas near the house where I grew up.

    Lavinia Ross

    September 3, 2017 at 6:15 PM

  6. Near the eastern Connecticut shore, Ledyard. It was a small town way back when.

    Lavinia Ross

    September 7, 2017 at 8:27 PM

    • And I grew up on the other side of Long Island Sound, in Nassau County, so we’ve both carried the Northeast elsewhere with us.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 7, 2017 at 11:13 PM

  7. You’ve portrayed it very well here. It is a difficult one to photo, and I’ve struggled with it as well. We try to keep it growing in our nature preserves here but as you pointed out, it can vanish for years only to pop up elsewhere years later. For awhile I had its cousin, Lobelia siphilitca, blooming in great abundance in my garden but it has faded away as well.


    October 29, 2017 at 11:19 AM

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