Flowers #5302B, 5300B, 5299F, 5301C & 5299B

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March 1, 2014

A few weeks ago, while sorting through a couple of boxes of old 4×6 prints, looking for some spring flowers to post for a special friend’s request, I discovered these photographs.  However, they looked nothing like they do here.  The original prints had come back from the camera store underdeveloped, and thus were placed back into the store’s film packet along with other photos that did not make the initial cut to be kept with all my other favorite photos.  Thanks to modern digital technology, I scanned these photos onto my computer and with a little tweaking of both the color and brightness; these underdeveloped photos were turned into a work of art.

Columbines, whose scientific name is Aquilegia, which is derived from the Latin word aquila, which translates as eagle, is so named because the spurred shape of the plant’s sepals on many of the sixty to seventy species of the flower resemble an eagle’s talons.  This easy to grow, hardy perennial blooms from late spring through early summer.  Though not particularly a long-lived plant, most die off after only two or three years.  However, the plant does grow easily from seed, and if seed pods are allowed to develop annually will reseed themselves.  The long spurs of the flower produces a nectar that is a favored by hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.

Native to Asia, the plant is now found growing in the wild in meadows, woodlands and at higher altitudes throughout North America and Europe.  Columbines, which come in many colors ranging from red, pink and white to purple and blue, are propagated by seed, growing to a height of fifteen to twenty inches.  The plant will grow in full sun; however, it prefers partial shade and a moist, rich, well-drained soil.  Having a long taproot, which allows it to survive periods of drought, this same taproot does make transplanting the plant somewhat difficult.  Columbines, the state flower of Colorado (Rocky Mountain Columbine), were consumed in moderation by Native Americans as a condiment and are said to be very sweet.  However, the seeds and root of the plant are very poisonous and if consumed can be fatal.

If I am fortunate to have you view my photographs and you find the color saturation too much or the color schemes of the mats do not match either themselves or the photograph, please let me know via a comment.  Being color-blind, what might look great to me might look like sh*t to everyone else!

Steven H. Spring

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