The Columbine flower (scientific name: Aquilegia (Latin for eagle)), is a genus of flowers that consists of 60-70 species of plants that in nature are found in meadows and woodlands throughout the northern hemisphere. These hardy perennials grows to a height of 15-20 inches and will grown in full sun, although they prefer partial shade and a well-drained soil. Columbines come in a wide range of vivid colors and serve as food to many insects and butterflies. Many Columbine flowers have very unique, distinctive petals (for an example see my previous post Flowers #170C). One minor issue concerning these flowers is that they are not a long living plant, dying off after just a few years.
I have posted these three photographs (Flowers #39A, 40A & 40B) individually and not as a slideshow in order to post them to the size shown. I have also yet to figure out what is causing the uploaded photographs to look slightly askew when viewing the finished posting. This is not the case of the actual photograph scanned onto my computer (yes, I still proudly shoot film) nor when I first upload them to my WordPress.com blog page. Again, I am sometimes embarrassed by the final product, as it appears that I care very little by their actual appearance. As a neat freak and a perfectionist (both a blessing and a curse), this is far from the truth.
Steven H. Spring