Montag, 6. April 2009

Pulsatilla vulgaris

Some of the results / photo shoots of my "pulsatilla-hunting" from last weekend!

Pulsatilla vulgaris / Gewöhnliche Kuhschelle / Common Pasque flower
is now blooming in tousands - if you know where to look for it.

Pulsatilla grows in sparely wooded pine forests or meadows, often on a sunny sloping side with calcium rich soil.

One of my favourite Pulsatilla fields in not far away from my hometown, on the sunny hills of the vine village Weikersheim-Laudenbach, near the legendary Bergkirche Laudenbach (mountain church of Laudenbach), guarded by the statue of St. Kilian (?).

Here my "hint of the day" for pulsatilla photographers:
Try to go flat in front of the little flowers with your camera - without mashing any others of the protected plants - and pick as much of the withered grass stalks around the flowers.
Every single culm distracts from the main motive, the blossoms.

Do you see the "forgotten" culms in front of the second flower from left?
Now you know what I'm talking/writing about...

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