Buttonwood Wildflowers

Gene Walls

Williamsport, United States

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I was searching for natural wildflowers on Sunday when I hit the jackpot, a cornucopia of wildflowers! These beauties were located beside a small stream in Buttonwood, Pennsylvania, just downstream from the Buttonwood Covered Bridge.

What we have here are three common species of indigenous wildflowers of Pennsylvania; Common Goldenrod (Solidago speciosa), Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium Purpureum) and Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), as they appear from left to right in my photo.

The goldenrod is a native perennial plant that can grow to five feet tall. There are over 100 species of this wildflower. The “showy” variety has dense clusters of bright yellow flowers at the top of the very tall stalks.

Eastern Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium Purpureum) is the beautiful purple flower in “bud” stage, behind the yellow goldenrod. It is another tall native plant that loves to grow in low lying damp areas (like the stream bank, where I found this one). They grow so well, that they often take over an entire area, if not watched closely. This plant is the tallest of the three shown here. It has been known to reach nearly ten feet in height!

The white wildflower on the right is a budding Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum). This was a favorite medicinal plant for the local native American tribes. It is also know as “Throrghwort”. The Boneset can be found throughout the eastern United States and Canada. It is not quite as tall as the other two plants pictured here, but it can easily grow to four feet in height.

I was planning to get individual shots of each plant, but I got slammed by a violent thunderstorm before I was able to do that. Besides, these three amigos grow together in nature. Who am I to separate them? LOL

This photo was captured with a Canon EOS 10D using a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM prime lens. The shutter speed was 0.5 sec at f/6.7. The camera’s ISO was set to 100. A Manfrotto tripod was used with a remote shutter release. The shot is “straight from the camera”, no post processing or alterations were applied.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2009 Gene Walls

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