There isn’t a white balance setting on my camera for “snow flurries”, but if this little plant can bloom in a driving snow, I am willing to be there to photograph it. Seems the least I can do. And besides, spring-time snowflakes feel oh, so good going down the back of my neck.
The genus name for this flower comes from the Greek dodeka (twelve) and theos (god) and means ‘the plant protected by twelve gods’. I like the thought.
Well! It’s been a long time since I’ve thought of “dodecahedron”! It’s just not a word I have much use for, but I loved the reminder from this lovely flower’s scientific name. I never fail to be impressed by the complexity of some of these flowers or the vividness of their colors. They certainly do catch the eye!
And the sheer number of species. I recently completed a project with my wildflower photo library and found (among other things) that I have photos of about 230 different species. All of these are found in the area that I seem to cover in my wanderings, about 1,000 square miles, only 1/149th of the total area of Montana.
This is an interesting spring here. It was a little late in the valley but is now in full swing. Higher up it is barely starting and late at that. Today I visited a trillium patch that is usually in full bloom by this time. There were flowers there, but the bloom had barely begun. A mile on up the trail and it was winter.