When I arrived in Maine in early June, it was still spring and very obvious by the many spring flowers that were in full bloom and the lush, bright green of the new growth on the ground and in the trees. In addition to planning to photograph Maine’s breathtaking landscapes, seascapes and wildlife, I planned to photograph some of Maine’s wildflowers, and therefore, brought my 105mm macro lens for some intimate images of the flowers, like the one below of American Plum flowers that were blooming near a seaside marsh.
In the opening image above, there is a lone Iris flower growing between the huge rocks along the coast on Mount Desert Island. This image was taken shortly after shooting the sunrise from Cadillac Mountain, and the early morning sun was lighting the island’s eastern shoreline.
Because Maine’s landscapes and seascapes were so beautiful, I concentrated most of my time exploring, hiking and photographing them, but could not help but see and enjoy the wildflowers that were growing along the roads, in open fields and on the trails in Acadia National Park and nearby refuges and preserves. The wildflowers were like beautiful gems or jewels adding to the visual pleasure of Maine’s stunning natural sights.
Below is a Pink Lady Slipper that was growing along the trail that circled Jordan’s Pond in Acadia National Park. Pink Lady Slippers are unique in appearance and are attractive, rare flowers. The plant is actually an orchid that has two basal leaves that stay horizontal and a single stalk growing about a foot high bearing a single pink flower. It takes several years for a lady slipper plant to go from a seed to a mature plant that can live for twenty years.
Although I enjoyed seeing the ever present wildflowers, I did not spend enough time photographing them, which I realized towards the end of my second week in Maine. In an effort to capture some their beauty, I spent a couple of hours one morning with my 105mm and photographed some of the wildflowers along the road near the cottage. There was a good representation of some of the flowers I had been seeing around the island. The following are a few of those images.
Above is an Oxeye Daisy, which is a wide spreading flowering plant native to Europe, but an invasive species in Maine and other States where it is now a common weed that forms dense colonies that displace other plants. Nevertheless, they are very attractive along country roads.
An Orange Hawkweed is above, and it too is native to parts of Europe, used as an ornamental plant here, and also considered an invasive species in some areas of the United States and Canada.
I do not know the name of the above flowers. If someone recognizes them, please leave a comment with their name.
Above is Queen Anne’s Lace or also known as Wild Carrot. It too was introduced in the US from Europe, grows to three feet tall and has had many uses to include a companion plant to crops, herbal remedies, dyes, and its carrot-like root can be eaten when it is a young plant.
Watercress flowers are above. Watercress grows both in and beside streams, marshes, ditches, ponds and canals and is a native perennial.
Above is a sunlit Dogwood plant flower, not a Dogwood tree, but the flower is very similar. The Dogwood flowers are harbingers of spring, blooming early and before there is much green growth.
In addition to the above wildflowers, there were many Lupines growing in small and large groups along roads, in open fields and around people’s homes. They are predominantly purple, but there are also some pink and white Lupines, with white being the least common. Lupines do not grow in Virginia, or at least I have never seen any. They were beautiful and were amazingly striking when lit by the sun. I photographed Lupines many times while in Maine. Some of those images follow.
The above images, as well as other wildflower images, can be seen on my Website at: http://stabone.com/p26222471 These wildflower images were photographed with D700 and D800 Nikon camera bodies and the following Nikon lenses: 105mm, 24-70mm, 28-300mm, and 70-200mm.