Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Scarlet Mallow in the Pasture in the Rain

Scarlet Mallow. Photograph  © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Scarlet Mallow in the rain.   © SB
Yes, it's true: Wildflowers are brighter in the rain.

And this first Scarlet Mallow plant, bearing raindrops in the Val Marie Pasture, in Southern Saskatchewan, glistened a brilliant orange.

The other Scarlet Mallow flowers here, photographed in later sunshine at Grasslands National Park, were also a delight — rich fruit popsicle reds, oranges and yellows among prairie lichens and grasses.

I'm glad I don't have to pick a favourite prairie wildflower!

From the recent Prairie Passages tour alone, I photographed more than 30 different kinds of flowers, from the Yellow Umbrellaplant and Wild Blue Flax to Scarlet Mallow.

More will be posted as I work through my files — a process that takes me far longer than it should, as I get so much pleasure from looking at all of these lovely flowers, all growing so freely in Saskatchewan's pastures and other public grasslands.

Scarlet Mallow. Photograph  © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Another field, another Scarlet Mallow © SB

Scarlet Mallow. Photograph  © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved.
Closer view of Scarlet Mallow blossoms.  © SB

Prairie Wildflower: Scarlet Mallow 
Photo Location: Val Marie Pasture and Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada
Photo Dates: June 25, 2013

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