Sunday, August 17, 2014

American Hedysarum in Saskatchewan: Pink-purple flowers

American Hedysarum  © SB
American Hedysarum blooms in Saskatchewan in June and July, its pinkish-purple flowers drooping elegantly down along a raceme, or stalk.

These small, graceful plants grow in the grassy areas of semi-open prairies and borders of woodlands glades, say Vance/Jowsey.

I saw Hedysarum growing in patches along the open roadside and in a shady hollow near a dense bush.

And then I saw Hedysarum again, in a tangle of native prairie wildflowers (Bedstraw, Western Red Lilies, Roses) near trees at the edge of Wolverine Creek.

Hedysarum flowers shift gently in the slightest breeze, and their stalks bobbed to and fro in front of my camera...

Which was on a low, ground-sprawled tripod, in my attempt to stabilize at least one element of the photographic process.

(And that worked, for a second or two, until the prairie wind began to rustle grasses and wildflowers again, and the Hedysarum danced again.)

How lovely to walk and find flowers like these at your feet!

American Hedysarum in patch with Western Red Lilies © SB
Closer view of Hedysarum flowers. © SB

Prairie Wildflower: American Hedysarum (and Western Red Lilies) 
Location: Near Muenster, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Date: July 6, 8 and 13, 2014. 


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