Windflower

By William T. Hathaway

Sulfur Butterflies

Photographing wildflowers is ordinarily a simple and pleasurable task. After all, plants tend to remain in a fixed position when found on a site. The windflower, also called “rue anemone,” is often an exception to this notion.

With slim, wiry stems the windflower shows off its delicate white petals that often flutter in the most subtle of breezes. The photographer's rage is directly proportional to the speed of the wind, as a gentle zephyr may become a fresh breeze. Albeit when we follow a creek or stream into its woodland setting, windflowers often appear as one of our earliest (April) and most appreciated wildflowers that cluster along the green, mossy banks of a stream. It is evident that many students, regardless of their selected studies, still appreciate the aesthetic value of our local wildflowers.



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