My Blue Heaven

Nadya Johnson

Joined January 2009

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Spring Dream
Virginia Bluebells
Forest near Savanna, Illinois (USA)

Mertensia virginica
Borage family (Boraginaceae)
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Path through the Bluebells

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“Pick of the Day!” (Bubbling Artists/ May 3, 06)
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Also called Virginia cowslip, lungwort, oysterleaf and Roanoke bells these spring ephemerals are native to eastern North America.

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Bluebells enjoy rich, well-drained soils where they can form large colonies over time. The flowers start off pink and turn sky blue as they mature. Bumblebees are often seen among them, but the real champions of bluebell pollination are butterflies and moths. Rarely, humingbirds are witnessed sampling nectar too.

Depending on the weather and location, they often bloom along with trilliums in northern Illinois. Both appear in early spring, sometimes March/ sometimes April but are quickly gone. The bloom is short but sweet!

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Secret: This is a composite done in Photoshop. No stock/ all mine, but there are three sources (photos) for this work: the forest from one, the flowers from another, the path from a different photo of the same woods. I applied the flowers (clump by clump) from a recent shot of bluebells in a garden. They DO grow up there like this, sometimes mixed with trilliums. And I MAY even make it there in time this year, to catch them “live!”
:-)

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