The Joy of Summer Wildflowers

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“I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined…”

~ William Wordsworth

Wildflower Meadows

One of my favourite summertime things to do is to wander about the wildflower meadows of the foothills and mountains near Calgary. It is such a rich sensory experience. My ears delight in the beautiful symphony of sounds: the pleasant, steady drone of bees and hoverflies; the harmonies from the shimmering song of aspen leaves whispering on the breeze; and, above all that, birds sweetly singing and chirping from the meadow’s edge. A feast of bright, sunlit dabs of colour delights my eyes—wildflowers gently bobbing to and fro with the rhythm of the warm summer winds. Butterflies flit and flutter about, like delicate petals suspended in the air. Sweet, grassy, piney mountain air engulfs me, and I am utterly absorbed by the meadow. Time disappears. It’s pure bliss.

7666615842_73672cd7d5_o-2Wild Bergamot (also known as Bee Balm or Horsemint) is a fragrant, pretty wildflower from the mint family. It’s a native plant abundant in most of North America.

Wild Bergamot grows in open woods, fields and prairie grasslands. An aromatic tea made from this plant was taken by Native peoples to treat colds. The Blackfoot Indians used the dried leaves and flowers as perfume.

~ From Plants of Alberta, by France Royer and Richard Dickinson 

7656787060_a25460dfef_o-2Nodding wild onion has a showy spray of pinkish-white blossoms. The entire plant has a distinctively onion scent.

Nodding wild onion (Allium cernuum) is a North American native. All parts of the plant are edible and it has long been enjoyed by native peoples as a culinary plant. It is also a valuable food source for ground squirrels.

~ From Plants of Alberta, by France Royer and Richard Dickinson 

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“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”

~ Claude Monet

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“Who would have thought it possible
that a tiny little flower could preoccupy a person so completely
that there simply wasn’t room for any other thought.”

~ Sophie Scholl

DSC_0376_4214-2I love all the wildflowers, but Blue-eyed Grass is one of my favourite little wildflowers.

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“And ’tis my faith, that every flower
Enjoys the air that it breathes.”

~ William Wordsworth

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“I listened, motionless and still;
And, as I mounted up the hill,
The music in my heart I bore,
Long after it was heard no more.”

~ William Wordsworth

 

Image Credits:

All photographs by madlyinlovewithlife; © 2014 madlyinlovewithlife

11 thoughts on “The Joy of Summer Wildflowers

  1. They look wonderful Jeannie..Another reason I love going to the mountains, I just wish I lived closer :) Have a great weekend..

    • I do love the mountains, Sam. But I have to admit, being a prairie girl at heart, I also have an abiding love and appreciation for the beauty and expanse of the wide-open prairies and the “living skies” of my homeland of Saskatchewan. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :))

  2. Hello Jeannie!
    Once again, you’ve made my Sunday morning :))))
    With all the problems that are going on all over the world, it’s easy to forget that there is so much natural beauty around us… Words cannot explain adequately the beauty you’ve captured (and shared with us), thank you!

    Your photo adventures are inspiring me to try and snap some “flower” photos. Maybe I’ll have a chance to try when my husband & I make another visit to our favourite mountain next month (yes, we’re going back!). We wish you and your partner a perfect Sunday, full of laughter (and delicious homemade vanilla ice cream).

    PS, I just love your use of natural lighting and bokeh :)

    • Thank you, Takami. Flowers are such wonderful subjects for photography and a fun thing to keep an eye out for when hiking. If you get any flower shots, I would love to see them. Thanks again for your comments. Have a great week! :))

  3. Again, wonderful images. I also like very much the blue-eyed grass. You know so much about flowers and birds… Bravo!! I have been neglecting to read your blogs …too busy enjoying summer ( I should do a post soon ). Have a great week .

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