Nature photography from a woman in the woods

Leather and Lace . . .

Two more blooming Spring opposites. They both grow on woody stems and at the same time of year, but that is where their commonalities end.

First, the Leatherleaf. It grows in wet areas such as around the edge of my lake or a swamp. The leaves are thick and hardy like leather (hence its name) and it sports small bell shaped flowers. They can survive freezing temperatures and will not even be harmed by … let’s say … a bear crawling over it. The blooms do not stand out very much (especially from a distance) and will last for several weeks.

Second, a blooming bush (it could be wild plum?). Dainty, fragile blooms that sparkle in the sunshine and blow apart with strong winds. Growing in higher, dry areas such as along the forest edge. Their blooms are very fancy, the early bees love them and they really stand out in the woods, but they are short lived.

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3 responses

  1. Very pretty! The leatherleaf blossoms are captivating. It is somewhat similar to the Kinnikinnik that we have here, both in the Heath family and both with leathery leaves

    May 16, 2012 at 10:19 pm

  2. Really lovely, Bearyweather. So glad to see spring has sprung for you. đŸ™‚

    May 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

  3. Hi Bearyweather, It does look plum-like. Have a great coming week! Excellent photographs!

    May 20, 2012 at 11:11 am

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