The Rose That Blooms Unseen

Foamflower, a member of the rock-loving Saxifrage family
Foamflower, a member of the rock-loving Saxifrage family

This, I told myself, was the spring I would really get serious about wildflower photography–maybe even end up with at least five keepers for another set of notecards.

I’ve been encouraged by a Fragments reader or two to “think small” for the notecard photo-subjects versus more landscapy kind of fare, and I don’t need much of a push to go that direction.

But between the abundant rain all spring and being out of town for the peak week of many wildflowers near home, I didn’t do what I had hoped to do.

Now, Flame Azalea and soon, Mountain Laurel and so many others will be blooming along the Parkway. I may get up an hour or so this week with my mom (visiting for the first time since Tsuga has been with us, and he will be 6 in June) who will be especially interested in seeing this stuff in bloom. I’ll carry my camera but won’t be able to be as slow and tedious as I would be if I were by myself.

So. This shot of foamflower from the Naturalist Rally may be about it. I have a few less well-lit images, too, and I’ll probably dribble them out over the next few days.

I still don’t seem to be able to get back in the blogging groove for the competition from other projects. Just remembered I have a deadline of a week from today and don’t want to be slogging away at that while we have a house full of company later this week. Better get my rear in gear.

BTW, click the image to go to a larger version at Flickr (rather than Smugmug which is my usual) since yesterday I had to pony up for another year of a Flickr Pro license. It has paid for itself as I’ve had folks find and purchase images a couple of times–once for a big law firm’s 9000 Christmas card mailing. They paid, well, like they had plenty of $$. Go figure.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Hi Fred – I clicked on the image, but I got a message from Flickr saying: “This page is private. Oops! You don’t have permission to view this page.”