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Gentiana andrewsii - Bottle Gentian - Closed Gentian - Closed Bottle Gentian by MotherNature

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This is a lovely wildflower that intrigues me. It never opens up, always looks like a bud, and I watch the bumblebees crawl into the flower and disappear then crawl back out.

Closed Gentians are native to North America, especially in our Northeastern corridor, and bloom in late summer. Here we see them in late August and early September. This picture was taken August 24, 2012, at Green Lane Reservoir in East Greenville, Pennsylvania, USA.

These plants are considered “threatened” in the states of New York and Maryland. Although I can find them in Pennsylvania, it does take some looking. If you find some please don’t pick them.

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I love nature, science, poetry, prose, art, music – you name it! Now that I’m retired, time is mine to spend as I wish (pretty much), and I wish to take pictures of our natural world.

Bringing the outdoors in for others to see, especially those who may not get the opportunity to wander next to a pond, fish at the beach, or tramp in the woods, is a pleasure. I hope to build a window to the wonders of nature that fill our everyday lives.

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  • lensbaby
    lensbabyover 2 years ago

    What an interesting find and beautiful capture Carol! Love this!

  • A sweet comment:>) Thanks, and many thanks for the fave!!!!!

    – MotherNature

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 2 years ago

    Lucky you Carol!
    I am waiting for the Gentians here, we mostly see the fringed ones, but if I look hard we have the closed too. this is a fantastic capture

  • Good morning, Vickie:>) You’re probably a couple weeks behind us. The Fringed Gentians used to be a relatively common sight here but they’ve disappeared from the old spots. I need to explore some lesser-traveled places. Thank you for your lovely words!

    – MotherNature

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • fezoj64
    fezoj64over 2 years ago

    This flower is simply gorgeous ! Fabulous shot. ..Jozef

  • My heartfelt thanks, Jozef:>). I love these, too!

    – MotherNature

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    Lovely find

  • Thanks, Kalaryder:>)

    – MotherNature

  • Rivendell7
    Rivendell7over 2 years ago

    What a beautiful flower, Carol! We have. Wild Gentians in remote parts of Scotland, but nothing like this. Amazing it doesn’t open up! Great find!
    Dave ;-)

  • You have beautiful heath and heather. I visited Scotland in 1981 with my Mom and it is so lovely there. I even got to see a “tattoo” on the ramparts of Edinburgh castle. Thank you for the nice comment and fave – greatly appreciated, Dave!

    – MotherNature

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 2 years ago

    Beautiful colour and a great capture !!

  • You’re very kind to take the time to come by and leave these two wonderful comments! Thank you:>)

    – MotherNature

  • BrendaForsey
    BrendaForseyalmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful color, and closeup, very pretty!

  • Hi, Brenda:>) It’s lovely of you to come by and comment – thank you!

    – MotherNature

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago


  • I’m happy, happy, happy:>) It’s so nice to be chosen for a feature! Thank you, Kala.

    – MotherNature

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the
    TOP TEN of our “Singing The Blues” challenge!!


    – MotherNature

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