Spring Beauty

Right now, beneath the trees, the forest floor is dotted with delicate, shimmering flowers known as Spring Beauty.

Trailwith ant

The color variation among plants is, interestingly, due to the plant’s attempt to maintain a delicate balance between attracting pollinators (crimson flowers) and not attracting predators (white flowers).

more pinkside view

I photographed some of these Spring Beauty along the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, and some of them in the little strip of woods right behind my house. Spring Beauty are blooming in many places right now, if you stop to look, and are a lovely, welcome sign that spring has arrived.

Abba Holding a FlowerAbba Photographing a Flower

Yes, we had a little chat about why one doesn’t pick the flowers, but can you blame her for wanting to study one up close?

close up

About rbpepper

Rebecca is an artist, writer, and photographer with degrees in Theater and Social Work, and is currently a Stay at Home Mom to her three kids. Some part of her house is always a mess, she lets her kids paint on the table and design their own costumes, and she makes excellent allergen-free cookies. She lives with her equally creative husband and children in a part of Virginia known for being "pretty close to Dulles Airport", and dreams of moving to an old farmhouse in New England.
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2 Responses to Spring Beauty

  1. What beautiful flowers … and what a beautiful little girl. Great shots. You made me feel “spring”.


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