White Flowers on Easter Sunday

by Lee Santiva April. 12, 2020 287 views
White blossoms of the Feuerdorn - Pyracanthha

White blossoms of the Feuerdorn - Pyracanthha

This blog is a collection of white blossoms in trees, bushes and herbs which I captured over the past weeks while going on walks in the woods. I offer a little botantical information about each plant.

I'll start with the Feuerdorn blossoms which are sweetly fragrant. Their bushes can grow quite tall about 15 feet.

Tiny blossoms in a small budding vase (ca. 10 cm tall)

Tiny blossoms in a small budding vase (ca. 10 cm tall)

The Feuerdorn (Pyrachantha) has bright orange, red or yellow berries. Birds feed on them and people can eat them if they are cooked into a jelly since they are slightly poisonous.

I took a small bunch of blossoms home with me to practice indoor photography using a macro extension ring on my zoom lens. Since I have no indoor lights not even a speedlight, it was sometime a challenge to balance the whites with the blue.

The next couple of images are wild herbs followed by the blossoms of wild cherry trees.

Baerlauch - - Allium ursinum - wild garlic, wild leek

Baerlauch - - Allium ursinum - wild garlic, wild leek

The wild leek smells like garlic. It's leaves are edible and are used in salads or as a herb in a pesto sauce in place of basil. Both the bulbs and the flowers are also edible.

Unfortunately the Baerlauch plants are often mistaken for a number of similar looking plants which are all poisonous. Every spring you hear about entire families being rushed to the hospital after eating the wrong plant.

Weisse Taubnessel - Lamium album - White Nettel

Weisse Taubnessel - Lamium album - White Nettel

The white nettle doesn't sting when you touch it so it's sometimes called the '"white dead nettle". The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked as a tea. Historically, ever since the middle ages, it has been used medicinally as an astringent, diuretic, expectorant.

Recent research (*4) has proven health-related benefits of the white nettle plant such as antiviral, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and wound healing properties among other pharamcological effects.

The next few images are the blooms on wild cherry trees.

White blossoms on a wild cherry tree

White blossoms on a wild cherry tree

I find it difficult to capture an entire tree when it has white blossom. The individual blossoms make for a better composition.

White blossoms and the typical scar on the trunk of a wild cherry tree

White blossoms and the typical scar on the trunk of a wild cherry tree

Bunch of cherry blossoms

Bunch of cherry blossoms

Happy Easter!

Sources:

  1. Pyrachantha - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyracantha
  2. Wild Garlic - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_ursinum
  3. White Nettle - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamium_album
  4. White Nettle Research https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261708140_Revealing_the_reviving_secret_of_the_white_dead_nettle_Lamium_album_L
  5. Wild Cherry - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_avium
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Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 5 months ago

Always enjoy your camera work and narrative Lee! Ive been so tied up lately its nice to get back for a while and see everyone's work!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks Buster! I haven't been active on photoblog lately either. I also need to get caught up with the community. I hope you and your family are well! so nice to hear from you

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 5 months ago

Lovely series, to help counteract all the gloom & doom being spewed these "daze".....

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Lee Santiva Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks Jay! Nice to hear from you - stay healthy :-)

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Jay Boggess Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 5 months ago

My pleasure, Lee!

Please Stay Safe, Healthy & Happy!!!

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