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Sunday, February 27, 2011

A real life "Spring Beauty"

Yesterday I had the fun  of visiting Helen Lee's Daffodil Garden near Gladewater Texas to see and shoot daffodils. One of the great surprises of the day was getting to see a flower I had long overlooked. This is the very small blossom of Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica). This plant is an early spring bloomer throughout most of North America. It is often one of the earliest signs of spring. I also learned that the coal miners of Appalachia refer to it as "Miner's Lettuce" as it was often used in hand picked salads.

Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)
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Virginia Spring Beauty (Claytonia virginica)
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18 comments:

mostlymacro said...

Subtle and delicate, it must be a delight to behold for real. Especially as it is a harbinger of Spring in your area.

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

delicate and soft ~ what a great bloomin' thing

texwisgirl said...

They start here in our yard in January, believe it or not, but then after the freezes and snows we had, they had to start again in February. They attract so many bees as the temps warm up since nothing else is blooming yet. Well, them and the small bluets and henbit scattered in the yard as well. Just love 'em!

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous, simply lovely!

BJ Roan said...

It's a little too early for these flowers here, but I'm ready. Come on spring! Beautiful shots.

Johnny Nutcase said...

ah hah! So glad you said what these were, cause one of my fav. flora photos is of this , know I know what it is :) Love the photos, I've always loved seeing this flower, just couldn't identify it. Flowers aren't my forte :)

GrandmaK said...

Exquisite little darling isn't she? Very nicely done! Cathy

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Simply stunning!!!!

My macro link: From Seedpod to Blossom

Amila Kanchana said...

Beautiful flower,second pic is a splendid macro!

Gary said...

We're about 2 months behind you; great shots. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Karen said...

Oh, pretty and edible! Terrific photos.

Mom of M&Ms said...

simply beautiful and ever so delicate.. Thanks for the directions to the flowers.. I am sure to be visiting soon.. although this coming weekend we heading to First Monday in Canton.. ever shoot there?

Julie G. said...

So very stunning! I love the intricacy of the flower. Excellent macro image of a most beautiful bloom!

Dimple said...

Lovely flower; I've never noticed one like it in my area (northern Idaho). I am so glad that others are seeing spring arrive and sharing it on their blogs, as we are still under snow!
Blessings!

Kerri said...

Oh my goodness..... it is LOVELY! WOW!

Beverly said...

Beautiful!!!

Jeremy said...

Lovely photos!

Míriam Luiza said...

Amei a cor desta flor! Muito delicada!