First Flower, Cranesbill Geranium First Flower Now I can get angles and photos like this again. I wanted to highlight this first opened cranesbill geranium flower, and kind of mask the fact it had been nibbled on. Instead I kind of highlighted the fact it’s been nibbled on, but that’s okay, it’s still a beautiful flower. What’s exciting about it on top of that is the coloring of the flower. Cranesbill geraniums are a group of flowers with many varieties. The local native is named Geranium maculatum and it showed up voluntarily in my back yard years ago. It’s been naturalizing wherever it pleases since then, most likely carried around by birds who eat the seeds. But for the most part the flowers have been a uniformly pastel violet. These flowers are from a clump growing about 10 feet away from the flowers at the top. Cranesbill Geraniums The newly-bloomed flower is similar to a variety I saw along the trail where the flowers are distinctly white in the center and a more vibrant magenta around the edges (I can’t find photos I’ve taken along the trail for example right now). Also, the plants are about half the height of those with the paler flowers though they are beginning to bloom. I guess someone brought in some new seeds. I’m more than happy with either one, or both! They are one of my favorite wildflowers for the color of the flowers as well as their growth habit and beautiful leaf shape, and the shades of red and orange they turn in autumn along with the interesting seed heads (also can’t find those photos right now). Bear with me, now that I’ve had my DSLR cleaned and repaired I’ve spent the last two days photographing everything, so after not posting much for the past few months I’m going to make up for it. . . . . . . . Follow me on Instagram. Visit my photography galleries on Portraits of Animals. All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, visit my galleries of Photography on Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit “Custom Prints” for availability and terms. I'll be more than happy to make a print for you. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Post navigation Silly StarlingMy Little Muse Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.