Pentstemon-blue or pink
Friends, this tiny bloom of the badlands can’t decide whether it wants to be pink or blue, so when it first opens it is a mixture of these two colors. When the bloom has been open for a few hours in the spring sunshine, it is bright blue. The fifth stamen (pentstemon) is orange, densely- covered with hairs and this flower is often called a beard tongue. The red lines on the lower lip of the bloom is thought to guide pollinating insects inside to the treasures within. I am experimenting with high key images (over bright) to convey the spring sunshine effect with this macro shot. I like this effect, how about you? til Tomorrow MJ
Posted on April 15, 2012, in Badlands, Nature, Wild flowers and tagged badlands, blue pentstemon, mjspringett, North Dakota, pentstemon, photography, postaday, wildflowers. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
such a striking photo, surely a competition winner! the blom is lovely and i really appreciated your description to help me look more intelligently, thank you mj 😀
thanks for your wonderful supportive comments, i love the images of colorful birds and your natural history, MJ
Reblogged this on Xenonlit's Blog and commented:
MJ Springett takes very special photos! A must-see blog!
thanks for reblogging, MJ
Your photos are increible. I love your sensitivity to light and color.
thank you, MJ
Diggin’ the high key, looks like a pretty interesting little flower!
You only see them if you look in the unlikely palce, a rock hillside , thanks for your comment,MJ
Very nice! I like the extra light!
thanks for your vote, MJ