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High Atop A Roadcut… May 26, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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…along the road to Zoar, I spied a bloom of columbines, glinting redly in the afternoon sun.

“Yeah,” I thought. “I want pictures of that!”

So home I flew and back, returning with an extension ladder. Ten minutes of relocating roadside rocks created a space where I could pull The Runtmobile in tight to the schist escarpment, close enough to erect the extension ladder on my roof-rack. Then, with my camera and trick tripod slung over my shoulder, I approached my prey.

It was a feat nearly worthy of Cirque Du Soleil, OSHA Unapproved, complete with a cameo appearance by our local Officer Obie (whom I dazzled with bulllshit and sent packing, shaking his head and muttering audibly as he drove away.)

The day’s haul included a handful of shots of reds, the best of which was this one:

And this close-up of a much less common white columbine:

Unfortunately a stiff breeze foiled my attempts at nice, crisp images, and most of the rest of the shots were junk.

Oh, except for this cute little heart of a leaf, less than an eighth of an inch across:

I’m pretty sure it’s a baby columbine seedling. But regardless, it was low and stout enough to stand still for me while Mom and Dad cavorted in the breeze.

Thanks, Little Feller!

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1. Bob - May 26, 2008

Thanks, Little Feller!

And that’s exactly what I say to you, CR. πŸ˜‰

2. FranIAm - May 26, 2008

Holy crap – gorgeous, gorgeous and gorgeous.

3. Pagan Sphinx - May 26, 2008

Breathtakingly beautiful. I love Columbine. Tried to grow it but it didn’t like it here.

Hey, you’re getting excellent with that new camera!

4. littlebangtheory - May 26, 2008

Why, Thank Y’All!

5. DCup - May 26, 2008

I love columbine. I won’t make everyone sick and tell you that it self seeds here and grows like crazy.

6. littlebangtheory - May 26, 2008

I never see it here without it being attached to schist outcrops – I suspect it’s a function of the pH of the soil.

It’s cool that it’s more common down your way.

7. Dusty - May 27, 2008

I don’t know flowers by their proper names, but I know that is one of my favorite flowers…its so delicate and graceful.

Very nice offering for today CR. Thank you kind sir! πŸ˜‰

8. sherry - May 27, 2008

very nice. really pretty.

9. throughstones - May 28, 2008

fabulous pics! As always, it is a pleasure to read your posts. thanks for spreading around your joie de vivre. From the English kittehz.

10. littlebangtheory - May 28, 2008

“The English Kittehz,” eh, TS?

I’m always stunned at the reach of this here ‘sphere. Thanks for coming by, my new friend!

Sherry, thank you. Namaste, Li’l Woman.

And Dusty, you’re entirely correct – this is such a delicate flower that I had a hell of a time trying to photograph it – the least breeze (of which there was plenty) set it a-trembling so that capturing an image was all but impossible!

Nonetheless, the images I was able to salvage had some sort of visceral value, and I’m glad you liked them. πŸ™‚


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