In between the most delicious and welcome rain showers this week, my camera and I were photographing numerous columbines. The state flower of Colorado, the columbine is complicated and photogenic, and there are abundant species. Here is an image I took years ago of a Rocky Mountain Columbine Aquilegia caerulea, along the Winsor Trail in the Santa Fe National Forest. Needless to say, it was love at first sight and I have been growing and photographing different species ever since.
Like breeds or species of all stripes, columbine come in different sizes, colors, and shapes. To begin the parade is the columbine "Little Lanterns". In Latin, Aquilegia canadensis is diminutive. Rather than unfurled petals, the little lantern hangs down from the stem, like a lantern, and more like a bud. The spurs come together at the top of the flower.
The image below was taken in the morning after one of this week's rains the evening before.
Next in size is the columbine Origami Red and White Aquilegia caerulea, the same species as the Rocky Mountain Columbine, with similar structural features, but different color and size.
The next two photographs are of a columbine Swallowtail Aquilegia species. It has not yet completely opened, given the cooler temperatures.
Finally, McKana Giants Aquilegia mckana hybrida columbines, are the largest as far as the actual plant is concerned, with a maximum size of 36 inches in height. It was a fascinating challenge to try to photograph these amazing flowers, inside the depths of the petals, outside the petals, and complete with spurs all around.
It was great to hear from so many of you last week, including Victoria, Barbara F. R., Char, Jean & Sam, Steve, Catherine, Marilyn, Connie T., Heather F. H., Lluvia, Robert, and Lawrence J. I hope all of you are finding wonderful things to ponder and photograph on this exceptional planet of ours.
until next Monday,
a passion for the image©