a pair of bloodroot blossoms, dripping with dew at dawn. each flower is enclosed in a single leaf, like a sheath, as it emerges. then it opens, and as soon as the inflorescence is fertilized, it dies, completing its rather brief life cycle. the seeds from the plant contain a substance that ants like to eat, so the seeds find their way to the ants’ burrow, where dinner is served, and what’s left goes into the ant trash pile. there, the seeds find a perfect growth medium. true symbiosis! found growing in colonies, all parts of this member of the poppy family are toxic. In some areas this eastern North American native is endangered . deep river county park, hobart, IN USA
Nikon D40X f5.6, 1/60, iso 100, shutter priority, hand held.
check out the large view for leaf detail.