Friday, February 21, 2014

Flowers that bloom in winter...

Here we are still a month away from the spring equinox, just a week and a few days after a snow and ice storm, and suddenly the temperature in Raleigh soared into shirtsleeve range. This morning it rained, then it cleared in the course of the afternoon. Maybe the flowers could be considered "confused" or maybe they're just usefully taking advantage of the "warm snap" (can I say that, or is the phrase limited to cold snaps?), but in any case, some of them opened and bloomed today. I didn't see any pollinating insects, but who knows what I may have missed.

Here are some Hellebores that displayed a lot of color after the rain.

[Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS Macro @f/11]


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