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.