First of all, some lupin "babies"...
This shot at the right shows you what the leaves of the lupin look like - these are known as palmate compound leaves. "Palmate" refers to 3 or more divisions or lobes, looking like the outstretched fingers of a hand.
I love the way the color fades as you go up the cluster on the bloom to the left... God's paintbrush is amazing, isn't it?
I think these immature blooms are just as interesting as those which are fully open, don't you?
There were many bees and insects buzzing about this lupin patch.
Although this little buzzy bee at left is not in perfect focus, this photo makes me smile. I think I would have to title it "Incoming"....
Busy busy buzzy bees...
Such perfection.. every little flower in the upright cluster so perfectly placed...so perfectly colored.... amazing!!
Lorinda commented on my last post about the vivid color - just want you to know, I do NOT alter or enhance my photos. This is just what I saw and the photos are just as I took them, other than a few are cropped a bit...
Just as I was ready to leave, having taken a good number of photos, the sun came out..... Well, who could resist some back-lit shots? So to finish off, here are three of my favourite backlit photos... the sun just seemed to make the blossoms glow...
I hope you've enjoyed our foray into the Lupin patch...
Do lupins grow where you live?
What are your favourite wildflowers of early summer?
All the names I know from nurse:
Gardener's Garters, Shepherd's Purse,
Bachelor's Buttons, Lady's Smock,
And the Lady Hollyhock.
Fairy places, fairy things,
Fairy woods where the wild bee wings,
Tiny trees for tiny dames-
These must all be fairy names!
Tiny woods below whose boughs
Shady fairies weave a house;
Tiny treetops, rose or thyme,
Where the braver fairies climb!
Fair are grown-up people's trees,
But the fairest woods are these;
Where, if I were not so tall
I should live for good and all.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson