As the name suggests, this plant, a member of the lily family, is native to Russia and Eurasia. In bulb form, it was imported to the U.S. as a garden decorative; however, it has jumped the tank and now grows wild where it can get away… You can trace the patch along my bicycle byway to a home up the bank from where the old rail track used to be… The plant is considered by some to now be a voracious, invasive wildflower specie.
An early spring bloomer, the plant offers startling rich blue petals, that are quite lovely. The plant has ancient medicinal uses including that of a diuretic for those unfortunate souls suffering from congestive heart problems.
Note on the shot: this flower tends to drop over obscuring its stamen and pistils; however, after hunting around, I found this pair of blooms that gave a good angle on their works… as with almost all my wildflower work, I am shooting with a Nikon D700 and Nikkor 105mm micro lens…
Cherry Blossoms in Rain by Takahiro Yamamoto Via Flickr: 雨が降った。梅の花を撮ろうかと思ったけれど、人気のない場所でひっそり咲いている河津桜をゆっくり撮ろうと思った……
It was rainy in Tokyo this Saturday. I tried to take photos of plum flowers at first, but I decided to pay a visit to the cherry tree in my neighborhood.
Place: 東京・用賀 / Yoga, Tokyo
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED