Tuesday, May 03, 2016

More Spring Flowers

I've done this once already this year, but I have shot a few more spring flower pics, getting as close as I reasonably can. Photographically, there's not much else going on.

First, I present Calluna vulgaris or Heather. The flowers are tiny on this hardy plant, but they're pretty when you zoom in.


from Wikipedia
Calluna vulgaris (known as common heather, ling, or simply heather) is the sole species in the genus Calluna in the family Ericaceae. It is a low-growing perennial shrub growing to 20 to 50 centimetres (7.9 to 19.7 in) tall, or rarely to 1 metre (39 in) and taller, and is found widely in Europe and Asia Minor on acidic soils in open sunny situations and in moderate shade. It is the dominant plant in most heathland and moorland in Europe, and in some bog vegetation and acidic pine and oak woodland. It is tolerant of grazing and regenerates following occasional burning, and is often managed in nature reserves and grouse moors by sheep or cattle grazing, and also by light burning.


Next, I present Scillia siberica. I found a patch in my neighbours garden. Standing only 3" - 6" tall, they are quite pretty but can be invasive. The first photo has had a texture applied while the colour of the second is pretty accurate.



Finally, for now: I noticed that the lilac bush in our backyard is in bud.


13 comments:

ADRIAN said...

Good to see heather. I have never thought to macro it.

Mary Gilmour said...

Wow. I especially like the third one down. Hmm. I may have to see your purple lilac and raise you one white one. Will check the buds this morning. It won't be as far along as yours, I think.
We have a lot of birds going on here. I am waiting for the hummers.

Marie Smith said...

Beautiful. Lovin' the macros.

Tabor said...

I find macros very hard on my knees and my breathing. You have done well here!!!

TexWisGirl said...

love the purple, crackly bokeh. :)

Donna said...

I LOVE the color of the photos! Gorgeous shots Ac!
hughugs

Mage said...

Goodness what beautiful color. In the heather shots, the buds almost seem alive and to be crawling out of the image. :)

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Pretty flowers! I love to find the color purple in the yard. Have a great day!

Kerry said...

These are gorgeous. Jealous of your lilac; it's too shady here to grow it. I hope you take a series of lilac pics to share for those of us who miss them.

Hilary said...

These are just lovely, AC. I had to laugh at Tabor's comment.. because I can relate to it.

Kay said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos! I've always loved the Scillia because of the color. You've really brought out the beauty in all the flowers.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Those spring flowers! Wonderful to see them!

Vicki Lane said...

Beautiful pictures! I think I might welcome an invasion of Siberian squills.