Montag, 5. April 2010

Adonis vernalis

Known variously as pheasant's eye, spring pheasant's eye, yellow pheasant's eye and false hellebore.

 Auf gut Deutsch: Frühlings-Adonisröschen.

These early spring flowers love dry, unfertilized meadows and steppes. So you find only isolated populations in central Europe and you really have to know where to look for these floral gems.

We found our population in the nature reserve "Sodenberg", the southern border of the Rhön mountains in the north of Bavaria. Needless to say / write, that they are strictly protected.

But of course you are allowed to approch them with your close-up lens.
Here's an adonis vernalis blossom with a firebug (Pyrrhocoris apterus) in its center.

We took all photos of the Adonis vernalis flowers on Good Friday / Karfreitag, when the Good Friday lived up to its name and let the sun shine.

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