Delicate Columbine

Sherry Felix recently shared a blog entry showcasing an array of flowers and plants in Central Park's heart. I took the opportunity to engage in the discussion, mentioning that I had previously nurtured some Aquilegia canadensis, commonly known as the delightful Wild Columbine, within a balcony garden planter. Considering the prospect of relocating these blooms to my garden, I considered Sherry's advice on potential concerns, particularly regarding the delicate wildflowers falling prey to deer. Sherry offered her insights, allaying any worries by highlighting the deer-resistant nature of the Columbine. This particular variety was sourced from a reputable native plant nursery.

The Wild Columbine, a native herbaceous perennial, thrives within woodlands and adorns rocky slopes with its resplendent presence. While my hikes through the Sourland Mountain Preserve have yet to unveil the sight of Columbine in its natural habitat, I remain optimistic that these blooms might be discovered off the beaten trail. The region's rugged terrain seems custom-made for this species' flourishing as it ascends to a height of approximately 91cm.

Curiously, this week aligns with the theme of Delicate in the Lens-Artists Weekly Photo Challenge, hosted by the talented Ann-Christine/Leya. Instantly, my thoughts gravitated towards the charming columbine plants that have found a place in my garden haven.

While my photographic kit lacks a dedicated macro lens, the images I captured were through the lens of my Fujinon XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR. The versatility of this lens allowed me to capture the beauty of the wildflowers with precision, albeit without the details that a macro lens would offer.

FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Columbine —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.003 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams
Columbine —FujiFilm X-T2 + XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR @ (55 mm, 0.001 sec at f/5.6, ISO400), © Khürt L. Williams

Author:Khürt Williams

A human who works in information security and enjoys photography, Formula 1 and craft ale.

7 thoughts on “Delicate Columbine”

  1. Nice close-up shots. I love flower photos. I can't find a "follow by email" button on your front page and thought I type a comment here so that I can subscribe to new posts! 🙂

    1. Hi Dennis, to follow by email the reader has to leave a comment and explicitly select that option. Readers with a account can also follow using that method. I’m trying my best to adhere to GDPR principles.

      I used to take a lot of flower photos but I have done that less over the last few years since I started focusing (no pun intended) on wild flowers. The wildflowers mostly appear during the spring.

      I’ve tried to tag them here:

  2. Well, your Columbine looks so delicate and precious - no need for macro! The Fuji is an excellent camera and so are your shots.Wonderful contrasting colours. Thank you for joining in!

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