Explosions in white, Virgin’s Bower
I don’t typically devote an entire post to just one species of flowers, I normally do posts on a particular hike, kayak trip, or other excursion, but this one may be the start of a new trend, I’m not sure yet. One blog that I read as soon as there is a new post is Seasons Flow, I love it, and learn something new with almost every post. Tracy, who writes that blog usually picks a subject and goes into detail about it, much more so than I do. I like their style, but that isn’t the real motivation for this post.
All this week, I have been posting photos that I took last week, when we had an excellent week for photography. Pleasant temps, and bright blue sunny skies for the most part. I have been going through the last of them, deciding whether or not to do another post with them. I have a good number of all one species of wildflower, Virgin’s Bower or clematis virginiana as it is known scientifically. I couldn’t decide which ones to post, so I thought what the heck, I’ll do a post of nothing but them, so here goes.
I was able to identify it online. It is a vine that is native to most of the eastern United States.
There isn’t anything particularly special about this plant, other than the abundance of flowers it produces.
Each flower is about an inch across, with four petals.
Even though it is a vine that may grow up to 20 feet in length, it is part of the buttercup family.
I liken each flower to the explosion of fireworks going off, the way the parts of the flower radiate out from the center.
Maybe it is because I find fewer flowers blooming with each passing day as summer begins to fade into autumn.
But, I love these flowers, even though the vines they grow on are a real pain to walk through. The vines are tough and seem to wrap around my ankles when I try walking through them.
The flowers sure are pretty though.
Even when they lose their petals, or have bees feeding on them.
Just a couple more.
Late afternoon photos.
And one more to make an even dozen.
That’s all folks, for now, anyway. I still have more photos left from last week, along with a few from this week, guess there will be another post soon.