”Like robin’s song or bluebird’s wing
Or throats that make the marshes ring,
Her beaming face and winsome grace
Are greetings from the heart of spring.”
– From John Burroughs’ Hepatica
I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.
— Diane Arbus
This week it is my turn to host You Pick it! And, I have chosen different faces of Anemone Hepatica. This tiny flower is the first one to appear in our forests in spring, and it is a much loved beauty. Many people go out looking for her already the first sunny day of March. The flower has got many names – as it usually is with loved ones…She is also named the common hepatica, liverwort, kidneywort, or pennywort, and belongs to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae, native to woodland in temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere.
Anemone hepatica grows 5–15 cm (2–6 in) high. Leaves and flowers emerge directly from the rhizome, not from a stem above ground. In Sweden I have never seen them grow higher than 7-8 cm.
I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new. – Ernst Haas
The flowers are blue, purple, pink, or white. The white variety is not common in Sweden, but in my forest all the others grow and they are flowering simultaneously. If they grow mostly in the shadow, their colours are darker – the sun makes them turn purple.
I am grateful for this lovely morning alone in the forest. I was mostly lying on the ground, but it was very rewarding. And I was very hungry when I came back home again! This day the temperature reached 15 degrees C. But it lasted only for two days, so, now we are back at 7 degrees again. Nature’s wonders are still with us though – and I want them to be slow…
Thank you for all small and big geometric examples last week for Patti’s challenge! We quickly realised that geometry is to be found everywhere we look, and there were so many surprises with things never thought of before!
Last time Tina started off You Pick It by saying …”we hope you’ll share a subject that is near and dear to you, that you find interesting, or challenging, or perhaps that shows us something new or unique to you.”
So, this week it’s all up to you – choose your subject and share whatever it is about it that you find interesting. We are looking forward to seeing your interpretations. Please use the tag and link to my original post. Next week, Amy will be your host.
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A great series showing the beautiful Anemone Hepaticas! Even though they are tiny, their rich blue spots of color really stand out. Thanks for hosting the blog this past week.
Thank you, Sylvia! To see a world…
Well, I loved this open-ended prompt, and did a kind of exploration of urban images and constraints, including a bit of a tribute to photographer, Michael Wolf. Super long, be warned… 😮 https://followyournose.me/2021/04/10/spring-grounding/
And I loved it. Wolf’s photography is amazing too. Thank you!
Thanks for stopping by!
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So much I learnt about the flower
Thank you for a glorious contribution, Philo!
Always admire your selection of topics, simple and meaningful
Thank you so much – so glad to hear you enjoy the topics!
you are welcome my friend
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At last, here is my post! : https://suejudd.com/2021/04/10/lens-artists-challenge-142-you-pick-it/
Thank you, Sue!
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The little purple flowers are exquisite, Ann-Christine.
They are – glad you enjoy them too!
Lovely images of a lovely flower. I’m glad Spring has sprung in your neck of the woods. It’s still very wintery here in Alaska. Here’s my post for this challenge – https://www.ramblingranger.com/but-oh-the-colors-death-valley-rocks/
Hopefully spring will arrive over there as well!
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Delightful little flowers .. 🙂
♥ they are –
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Such a sweet, wild flower! My choice for ”you pick it” is also a little spring flower that always cheers me!
I love these little ones, Lindy! They are not in my own garden, but your gallery made me think of buying some – especially the doubles!
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I forgot to add my link. https://tchistorygal.net/2021/04/09/becky-bs-bright-squares-spotlights-dreams/
Hi Leya, I linked your challenge to my Bright post this morning. I wish I’d had more time to play with this wonderful opportunity of any theme goes! Have a great day. 🙂 See you again tomorrow. 🙂
Hi Marsha – thank you so much! Hope everything is good over there – here it is still snowing…but some sunshine tomorrow!
I saw that post. You got a LOT of snow. Our snow has let up and the temperatures are mild, not hot, not cold, just like paradise. 🙂 I wish I could send you some of it. On the other hand, we don’t have any of those adorable purple flowers.
Well – you have other beautiful flowers! Some sun and a couple of degrees warmer would be lovely!
My flower pictures come from sunny California, although we do have some flowers I’ll share tomorrow emerging right outside our front door in Prescott, AZ.
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Something quite different today . . . . I’m in a history mode lately and have decided to share an article of mine recently published in a magazine. I did photograph all the vintage postcards in the piece! https://maximizingluxurytravel.com/2021/04/09/greetings-from-coral-gables/
Fabulous – all of them old and valuable. I also love the old stamp as I once worked in a post-office!
Thank you, Ann Christine, for hosting Lens-Artists this week. Your photos of the purple and blue anemones are gorgeous. We have the white anemones here. I haven’t seen the blue or purple ones.
Here’s my entry: https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2021/04/09/fabulous-walk-and-interview/
Thank you for joining in! Glad you liked the hepatica!
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These are stunning photos. What wonderful blues and purples!
I wish I had something new to set next to them. Unfortunately I’m just on the way down from another trip into the middle Himalayas, and haven’t had the time to look at the photos I got till now. So I’ll give you a few wild flowers from last month’s trip: https://anotherglobaleater.wordpress.com/2021/04/02/himalayan-wildflowers/
I know I’m very late this time.
Thank you – and I look forward to seeing your next trip!
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Stunning shots of a truly beautiful & dainty little flower 😃 Bit of a monster from me; it’s combined with a post for #140 that didn’t get finished: https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2021/04/07/a-year-with-a-lensball-lens-artists-challenge-142-you-pick-it/
Just came back from yours, Jez – cool! Great entry showing us your progress. Excellent idea.
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These photographs you’ve added for the challenge are mesmerizing in their beauty,
The colors are spectacular. I love them all. Be well … 😷
Sadly: my link hasn’t shown …
Ah, found you! Glad you enjoyed the little flower and all her faces!
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A nice set with the spider silk a good ending. I went with Intentional Camera Movement as I had been doing another experiment shortly before you posted:
Thank you, David – just came from your site – lovely!
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What a gorgeous little flower! I wish I could grow it in my garden. Thanks for spending the time to take these portrait, Ann-Christine.
I could not have spent it better!
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Those are just stunning!
Happy you liked them!
Hello again Ann-Christine, Eivor and Pearl’s contribution for this week’s lovely challenge is here: https://whippetwisdom.com/2021/04/05/haibun-sometimes-the-wind/
Thank you – hugs to you all!
Thank you Ann-Christine, hugs back from all of us here 🤗💖🐕 xxx
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My contribution for this week
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What a delicate but striking flower ! You captured its many faces so well Ann-Christine. Also I loved your theme for this week . It gives me so much freedom to spin tales. Hope you enjoy mine.
I am glad you like the theme as well – I think we all needed that!
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Sorry but you’re sharing this week, hon. Hope you don’t mind my pick 🙂 🙂
I am never sorry to share my dear! ♥
Hugs, darlin 🤗💕
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These flowers are little treasures! The line of spider web made me smile too 😀
😀 I am glad you like them and that they made you smile!
These are beautiful!!
Thank you, Nora – I was happy to share them with you!
When Patti commented that your post this week was beautiful, she understated the magnificence of your photos. These little angle flowers are so delicate and bright. I love everyone of them. The bee and spider web are nice too. The tiny hairs on the stems are like the delicate hairs on the back of a baby’s neck. So sweet. Thanks for the inspiration, Leya.
You see what I see, Marsha – thank you for saying this, it’s just what I wanted to convey! And you describe it so well. You made my day. ♥
I’m so glad! I’m in awe of your ability to capture such beauty. 🙂
♥ ”Only photograph what you love.”
So here I sit with a photo of shoes I’d never wear. I loved the displays, though. 🙂 Sometimes I just photograph what is there. 🙂
Here is something close to my heart.
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Here’s a better link, AC. The other one isn’t working: https://pilotfishblog.com/2021/04/04/lens-artists-photo-challenge-142-the-lure-of-the-sea/
Hi, A-C. I hope you’re having a wonderful Easter. I’m back with a link to my post. I was inspired by a trip to a new beach. I bet you’re not surprised! https://wordpress.com/post/pilotfishblog.com/14220
Ah, the beach – no, I am not surprised at all! Hope your Easter is great as well!
Such a beautiful colour – all our buttercups are yellow and bold, and while they are are cheery, it is wonderful to see something so shy and hidden away…
Thank you, James – and yes, belonging to the same family doesn’t say they are the same kind…♥
Lovely wee flowers. They do look like blue buttercups but does the main leaf growth appear after the flowers.
I’ve raided my archives this week for something that I’m missing – an event with people.
Thank you, James – I love those little flowers. Today it is freezing cold and snowing again, so I was lucky to get my day with them…
And thank you for People Pictures – we really never have any nowadays.
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Beautiful.. stunning shots of a such a delicate little flower… thanks for bringing us the challenge and I’ve stuck with roses, for my topic for this challenge. https://brashley.photography/2021/04/04/lens-artists-photo-challenge-142-flower-of-the-day/
Thank you, Bren – I love this little flower, and your love shines through all your images as well!
Thank you xx. Have a nice Easter xx
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Hello John, I cannot find your page!
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Incredibly beautiful, AC! I love how you captured them. The close-up image shows the beauty. Thank you for introducing this special flower to us.
So glad you enjoyed them, Amy. I had a wonderful day out there!
Beautiful images and flowers Ann-Christine, it must be such a treat to see! I’ve picked a quiet sunset on the beach for this week’s lovely challenge: https://tranature.com/2021/04/04/silent-sunday-tranquil-sea/
Here is mine: https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2021/04/04/lens-artists-photo-challenge-142
Thank you, Xenia – and beautiful it is!
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Beautiful flower! Truly an Easter blessing.
I accidentally hit ”Enter” before I was done writing… >frown<
I admit to being challenged when I first saw your post yesterday, but an advantage of waiting to respond until I've seen other submissions is that it allows me to "broaden my thinking" about what to consider. I am looking forward to checking my archives for my own response. I guess I'd better get to work!
It is, John – happy you liked it too.
Such beautiful flowers for Easter 😀 Thank you for giving us ‘free rein’ – I’ve opted to share some sculptures that really appeal to me: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-the-barbara-hepworth-sculpture-garden-in-st-ives/
Free rein needed sometimes! Glad you enjoyed it, Sarah!
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A topic of interest from my photo archives: https://thisandthatthenextpart.wordpress.com/2021/04/04/lens-artists-photo-challenge-142-you-pick-it/
Good! I will go looking!
I so enjoy looking at the gorgeous blossoms, captured in such detail. Such skill with the camera! The spider’s line is perfect too.
Thank you kindly – so happy to share my joy for them with you!
Thanks for sharing the beautiful blues and purples for my Easter morning. 🙂
You are welcome! Glad if you enjoyed them – I had a lovely day out finding them and photographing them.
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Well Ann-Christine, I see my pingback didn’t come through. My response is here https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2021/04/04/lens-artists-challenge-142-photography-as-art/
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What a beautiful little harbinger of spring Ann-Christine! Your images do her justice and have introduced me to a previously-unknown, geometrically perfect (😊) blossom that I doubt very much grows in our warmer, more humid climate. I especially loved your image of the two flowers with the dew or frost still on them. It’s perfect, as are your choices for accompanying prose and poetry throughout. A wonderful choice for the week.
Thank you, Tina – so glad you liked them. I had a wonderful day out, alone in the forest searching for these little ladies. It’s the thing for me…losing myself in a project. All by myself.
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Those flowers are lovely. Easy to look upon and pleasing to the eye.
I especially like the one with the small thread due to how it creates a sense of segmentation without breaking the photo, if that makes sense.
Here’s mine for this one:
So glad you enjoyed the little Hepatica. Good explanation as to why you like the photo.
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Gorgeous little flower and your photos are simply beautiful.
Here is mine, celebrating spring:
Just came back from yours…so lovely you have been out! And you make me smile that you loved my Hepaticas. They are such a comfort and joy. The feeling of being totally alone with them – I guess you could feel that in the park as well.
Very much so.
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What a beautiful anemones, we don’t have this kind in our country. I hope the protection measures will pay off.
Thank you so much – and yes, we hope so too. But I know of people digging some up and planting in their own garden…I have seen the holes in the forest.
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Beautiful flower, I love it. In my garden of the Pyrenees I have some white anemones, these days I have taken some photos, later I will see how they have turned out. Ernst Haas is one of my favorite photographers, I really like his phrase, always inspiring.
Glad you liked them, Ana – its colours are very lovely to my eye. Your anemonies, are they wood anemonies? Looking forward to you posting!
I’m not sure what variety they are, I have them planted in the garden and every year they surprise me with their subtle beauty. I took some pictures last weekend, I have to check them to see how they turned out.
Beautiful series. Happy Easter
Thank you – the same to you!
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hei a. c. once again very interesting pictures that you have chosen for this week, I particularly like the last one. here is my contribution to the theme, https://wp.me/p2AvI7-3K0.
best regards robert
Thank you, Robert! Happy you liked my photos! Happy Easter to you!
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Fragile . . . tender . . . gentle . . . beautiful ! Do not remember these from my many childhood forest walks with Daddy back up North . . . . but know of them as pennywort or liverwort . . . lovely . . .
Thank you, Eha – and yes, she has got many names.
Stunning photos Leya! Beautiful flowers!
Thank you, Lisa! I think one of the quotes told me to only photograph what I love…and I did!
What beautiful flowers, A-C! I’m going with birds today so feel free to fly over for a look. 🙂
Just flew over, Janet! Wish i could have stayed for a longer while as well – gorgeous shots and light.
Thanks! The morning light is usually quite good. I wish you were close enough to visit with me but for now, I’m glad you could share a bit of what I’ve seen there.
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Such a tiny beauty! 🙂 🙂 Anything I like, Ann-Christine? Oh, my! 🙂 🙂
Happy Easter to you and yours!
Thank you, Jo – and i wish you a Happy Easter the way you can make it!
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I love purple/blue wildflowers. The second to last image was my favorite. Here in California, it is just beginning to heat up. The vernal pools still have some of the last rains and many tiny flowers are showing up. Good to know more about the hepatica.
Thank you, Marlene. I hope some warmth will be coming our way soon too – it is still freezing during the nights. It is hard to imagine how these tiny, fragile flowers survive the nights we have.
What a gorgeous profile of a gorgeous spring flower, AC. You have such a wonderful eye for beauty. I love the hopefulness of the first spring blooms. You and I will be on the lookout for the first beauties of the season. Enjoy the weekend and the new week.
Thank you, Patti – on the lookout we are! And this rare little flower is sung about when you are a child here. In school, your first classes – I think it still is. There were many of them when I was a child, now they are protected by law, and you are not allowed to PICK them!
I think it’s too early in New Jersey for hepatica, but I’ll head out for a hike this weekend. Maybe I’ll get lucky.
You have them there as well!? Good luck finding them!
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I picked a new owl’s family: https://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2021/04/03/a-new-family/
And they are gorgeously caught, Yan!
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Beautiful flowers. We have wood anemone Anemone nemorosa here growing in the wild but not this beauty. It is maybe too wet for it.
Glad to share! I just heard the same from Jude about the wet – maybe you are right. And they cannot stand heat for too long either. 2018 brought 3 months of incredible drought and unusual heat, which led to them almost disappearing 2019. This year they are back!
Good to hear they are back
Beautiful hepatica. What a gorgeous color and it was worth being on the ground to get these angles of this stunning little flower.
Thank you – and yes, it was worth it! The colours are amazing, and they are very rare nowadays. Also protected, so you are not allowed to pick them. When I was a child they were many more.
You picked the delicate and beautiful flowers, Ann-Christine. Beautiful!
Thank you! And they are forbidden to pick in Sweden – I thought that was fun… Hope you are having a lovely Easter weekend!
I like that rule, Ann-Christine. Happy Easter!
♥ To you and yours as well!
So pretty Ann-Christine!
Glad you like them, Aletta. Little things are everything now.
I agree! 🌼
Gorgeous spring images Ann Christine.
Thank you, Rupali – about the only colours here right now – but not bad!
It’s beautiful We are still waiting.
So beautiful and so exquisitely photographed A-C. I would need help in getting up if I lay on the ground now! I once bought Hepatica for my woodland border and they came back one year, but then, like many plants here, succumbed to the wet or the snails / slugs and never seen again. I love the Diane Arbus and the Tim Walker quotes! Have a lovely Easter weekend.
Thank you so much, Jude, I love Hepatica, and have some in my garden as well. They were here when we bought the house. And my garden is more like a piece of tangled forest, so I guess they love the untidiness… I think you micht be right about them not liking the wet either. On the other hand they don’t like drought – 2018 was a disaster of a summer. No rain and 3 months of sunny 30-40 degrees C. 2019 I could not find my Hepaticas, and I was convinced they were gone forever. This year, however, they are back and more! To my great joy they have spread to other parts of the garden too. But I have many ants, and they are good at that.
Hope you are having a lovely Easter weekend too!
Sounds like you have the ideal conditions for them.
Let’s hope the future doesn’t bring such unbearable heat too often…then I might have them in my garden for years to come.
Spending the day in the forest photographing these beautiful flowers sounds like an ideal day! Capturing the spider’s tread was an added bonus! Thanks for the challenge!
Thank you, Beth – I cannot imagine a better way of spending my day! Looking forward to seeing your choices!
Absolutely gorgeous hepatica! And literally, I’d love to pick some for my Easter tab;e!
Aren’t those colours heavenly? Thank you! But in Sweden you are forbidden to pick these rare flowers – so your Easter table will unfortunately be without them,,,I am sure your Easter table is wonderful anyway!
We have Lenten roses and lilacs today!!!
Then it is beautiful! Lilacs already?
Our lilacs are just opening, but even the little buds are pretty.
thanks, Ann-Christine. Great pick! Wonderful series. Mine is here: https://solaner.wordpress.com/2021/04/03/lens-artists-photo-challange-141-you-pick-it/
And yours are edible!
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Beautiful series. ‘Hope springs eternal.’ And so does spring.
It does, John, thank you – have to take good care of the few colours there are!
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