Forest floor wildflower…

Most forest flowers are dainty and can go unseen for those passing through. The Buttercup (Ranunculacaeae) flower is about the size of a fingernail and grows only about 4 to 6 inches above the ground. The reason sky is showing in the background is because I’m literally on the ground looking upward at the small flower. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg

Springtime in a forest invites one to look down at it’s floor’s groundcover. Forests’ trees are still wakening from winter’s dormancy; their leaves have yet to emerge and block sunlight on most of the forest floors. This is the time when low growing plants receive enough sunlight to produce their beautiful flowers. A springtime walk through the forest is not to be missed. See my previous post Forest Spring to see the Trillium that were also in bloom this past spring.

Awhile ago I taught wildflower photography in early spring in Chicago’s northshore. My adult students seemed a bit cautious when we first strolled into a patch of woodlands. At first they saw nothing worthwhile to photograph; all seemed dormant. Directing their eyes to the forest floor they slowly discovered a wide variety of precious small blooms. The following week images that had been created were shared; photographers were excited to share their discoveries and the class was amazed at the diversity of species and images captured in such a small space.

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