Tuesday, May 13, 2008

What's in a name?

Would it be as beautiful if I told you it was Squirrel Corn? Dicentra Canadensis sounds much better, does it not? Whatever name you choose, this is one of the most beautiful spring wildflowers. Like most woodland blossoms, you need get down on hands and knees and peer directly at the tiny blooms to truely appreciate them. The flowers are all of 2cm long, and so delicate, their white petals appear translucent. The leaves make a pattern of blue-green lace hovering over the forest floor. If you see them today, they may be gone tomorrow.

These can be found in abundance, in the Hollidge Tract, York Regional Forest, part of the ORTA hiking trail. The best spot is on the south-east perimeter.

Pencil crayon on bristol.

1 comment:

Michelle Basic Hendry said...

I was so busy during this period that I missed this post. These are gorgeous! I love how you stylize Nature's gifts!


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