Friday, March 30, 2012

Spiderwort of North Carolina

I've discovered that spiderwort grows wild here along our lane, down the street, tucked beneath the various native shrubs and trees of North Carolina.  Most of the spiderwort here are a luscious blue purple.  Likely ignored by most, these jeweled wonders are grouped hither and  yon begging for closer inspection.

The macro lens brings to the forefront these sweet feathers!  I've never been this close to a spiderwort before - how remarkable!  It is true that spiderwort lacks a certain "wow factor."  They are tiny blossoms, made mostly of foliage trying to compete with flashier flowers.

This morning was slightly overcast so the colors really popped.  Bright yellow and brilliant, deep blue purple.  Can it get any better?

I'm thinking not.

And then I spy one that's more blue than the others.  I'm just stunned by their beauty.

Close by are these lavender mini-orchid wildflowers.  Teeny tiny blossoms spiraling up a slender, tall stalk.  The wind was picking up making shooting more difficult.  This is the best shot. 

The "lowly" spiderwort stole the show for me today - I just had to share them with you.


Anonymous said...

Magnificent depth of color! Love the rich purples and contrasting yellow. Glad you shared these :)

Gaelyn said...

This spiderwort is so precious and your macros show off the little feathery flower centers so well. Such a gorgeous color.

Randy Emmitt said...

Love these photos of the spiderworts. We have at least 5-6 different ones, even a dwarf white one. Baby blue is my favorite though.

Deborah Carr said...

The pistils look like little yellow mittened hands. Flowers are quite amazing up close, are they not?

Carol said...

Fabulous photos Debie!! I love those purple feathers.


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