Thursday, July 2, 2015

Prairie Smoke (Three-flowered Avens) at Grasslands

Three-flowered Avens: a native plant that looks ethereal after it blooms. But Prairie Smoke is not everyone's idea of loveliness, I learned one day after photographing these in Grasslands National Park.

"Someone asked me what I was doing, lying down," the man next to me said at breakfast at The Convent Inn in Val Marie. "I pointed at the Prairie Smoke, and he said, 'That weed???'"

I laughed, because I, too, had been low on ground, trying to capture some of the beauty of these Saskatchewan wildflowers. I love their white and crimson tassels, which make me think of wild-headed dolls.  

Three-flowered Avens. Copyright © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved
Prairie Smoke at late evening,
against the glow of the setting sun.  ©SB

Three-flowered Avens. Copyright © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved
Three-flowered Avens ©SB

Three-flowered Avens. Copyright © Shelley Banks, all rights reserved
Three-flowered Avens (Prairie Smoke) with dew at dawn
- and with mosquito  ©SB

Prairie Wildflower: Three-flowered Avens - Prairie Smoke 
Location: First: Grasslands National Park; Lower two: Val Marie Pasture.  Saskatchewan, Canada,  
Photo Date: First: June 25, 2015; Lower two: June 25, 2013. 

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1 comment:

  1. I too love these wildflowers. We have a patch of them in our lawn that everyone knows to cut around.

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