Nature photography from a woman in the woods

Vetch . . . Also in Abundance

vetch1This is a wild flower called vetch .. there are a number of different varieties that grow in Minnesota.  I hear it is from the pea family and I am sure it has a more scientific species name, but I simply call it “the purple one”.  It is easy to find a yellow/white variety and a pink one in the area, also.  However, “the purple one” is growing like crazy this year.  It is everywhere, it’s colors seem extra bright, and they seem to be larger as there are more individual flower pods making up each grouping (maybe the brightness of color is due to the fact that we are still under cloudy gray skies most of the time).

Like the lady slippers, these flowers obviously like our wet conditions as they are flourishing, too. (click to see full-sized images)


** NOTE:  I found a “NEW” Wildflower yesterday … Well, new to me!   It is the Wood Lily!   If you would like to see my pictures of the bright orange Wood Lily, visit my home blog BEAR IN MIND and then take on my “NEW” Challenge!


6 responses

  1. Wow, Bearyweather! These are gorgeous. The flowers in your neck of the woods seem to be enjoying your rainy season.

    July 5, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    • Everything is enjoying the rainy season … including the bugs. I went to the strawberry patch yesterday and picked 10 qts of the best berries in the world. Huge, juicy and sweet and all picked in just over a 1/2 hour.

      July 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      • Hi again Bearyweather – lucky you about those lucious strawberries. I love ’em!

        July 16, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      • P.S. So sorry about my spelling typo.

        July 16, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  2. Beautiful vetch!

    July 13, 2014 at 11:35 am

  3. Hi Bearyweather, Boy oh boy, Vetch sure is pretty! If it was not so invasive I’d like it better. We had real trouble getting about a quarter-acre of vetch out of our backyard at our former lake house in TN when we owned it. Very tough vines, too. Have a wonderful day today!

    July 16, 2014 at 1:02 pm

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