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May 3, 2009 / Bo Mackison


with a leaf for preotection

ephemeral wildflower

My first wildflower of the season. The wildflowers seem late this spring, and during my walk deep in the woods this morning I found only the foliage of the anemone and hepatica. Usually both are blooming by the last two weeks in April. But I did discover a few bloodroot, just beginning to bloom. This tiny flower is still wrapped gently  in its leaf–like a dainty maiden with a shawl wrapped protectively around her shoulders.

The plant is native to the southern half of Wisconsin, and a few counties in the northern part as well. It usually blooms in April and May, in woods or the edges of woods. The plant was called bloodroot because it has deep red sap that was used by Native Americans as a dye.


  1. suehenryphotography / May 3 2009 5:58 pm

    So fresh and delicate.

  2. montucky / May 3 2009 8:54 pm

    Very pretty and soft looking bud!

  3. oneshotbeyond / May 4 2009 10:03 am

    I love the muted tones…it makes me feel as though that area was very quiet at the time you took this. Soft and lovely.

    • Bo / May 7 2009 5:11 am

      The woods were very quiet, very early on that Sunday morning.

  4. Marcie / May 4 2009 2:21 pm

    Aaaah…and what a beautiful one it is!! Exquisite color and detail.

  5. edvatza / May 4 2009 6:04 pm

    Beautiful flower. the whites look very good. But isn’t that a Bloodroot? I thought the Bloodroot have the leaf wrapped around the stem. Just curious.

    • Bo / May 4 2009 6:35 pm

      You are so right. I have changed this little flowers ID to the corrected one! Thanks for letting me know.

  6. Bernie Kasper / May 4 2009 9:14 pm

    Beautiful work Bo, I never had much luck with these to my dismay, great shot !!

  7. Gandalf / May 5 2009 7:02 am

    the leaves look like the flower is applauding the final arrival of Spring.

    • Bo / May 7 2009 5:12 am

      We are ALL applauding spring’s tardy arrival with great enthusiasm.

  8. Anna Surface / May 5 2009 7:45 am

    Lovely capture of your first wildflower this season! 🙂

  9. amuirin / May 8 2009 3:21 pm

    I was… what’s the word?

    ack. It’s right there. …. aaaaampr

    I was anthropomorph…. o…sizing? this before I read what you wrote (giving human characteristics to an inanimate object, although, I’m not sure flowers are really… inanimate. Maybe they’re just mellow). Very evocative photo, to make people see something more.

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