“Bloodroot”


Another early spring wildflower, usually one of the first to bloom, shot this one on a hike up a canyon that led into the Ohio River below Madison In. These are pretty cool little flowers, and I always seem to miss the bloom, this year I got lucky and hit it just right and got quite a few images of it. I like how the pedal opens up and gives you a view inside the bloom, the stamens make a great contrast with the white pedals, this is another one you have to shoot quick because the blooms don’t last long and they wilt very fast.

The neat thing about this plant is as the name implies “bloodroot” the roots bleed when they are broken in half, they were used by the Hopewell Indians that lived in the Ohio Valley to paint their bodies and clothing, there is also a wildflower called yellow root that does the same but was used for more medicinal purposes. Both of these plants are still dug today by “diggers” who gather them for sale to drug companies. Thanks for stopping by.

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11 thoughts on ““Bloodroot”

  1. paintingartist

    Bernie, beautiful photo. It seems spring has some of the very beautifulest of flowers but they have such a brief existence. Just like the tulip. I guess such beauty wasn’t meant to last too long. Nice article and information. You captured the softness of this flower very very well. The perspective really shows it off.

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  2. ankush

    hey Bernie great photo! thanks for all the interesting information as well. i love the angle, and how the front petal opens up to give us a peak into the inside. nice work!

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  3. montucky

    Very nice, Bernie! The simplicity of the subject and the quality of the photograph makes it truly elegant.

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  4. conchlife

    Nice picture. I belive I have cured my size problem with your assistance. It now comes onto the screen smaller than I would like, but clicking on it enlarges the shot. Sharon actually snapoped the Islamorada sunset while I was driving.

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