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.
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.
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.
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.
I find it difficult to capture an entire tree when it has white blossom. The individual blossoms make for a better composition.
- Pyrachantha - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyracantha
- Wild Garlic - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allium_ursinum
- White Nettle - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lamium_album
- White Nettle Research https://www.researchgate.net/publication/261708140_Revealing_the_reviving_secret_of_the_white_dead_nettle_Lamium_album_L
- Wild Cherry - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_avium