Saturday, September 24, 2011

Wild Lupine

Lupine is one of the earliest blooming wildflowers that we see around here. They usually begin to bloom in May and most of the flowers are gone before the end of June. They are also usually one of the first wildflowers to grow into a new area, such as a field that has been cleared or after a forest fire. Unfortunately it does not take them long to be choked out by other plants and grasses. So as our fire protection and suppression techniques have gotten better the amount of lupine out in the wild has decreased. Which has hurt species like the endangered Karner blue butterfly.

9 comments:

Jama said...

The wildflowers are so pretty and I love the colour.

Kanak said...

I've seen this on blogs but without the info. Sad to read about the endangered Karner blue butterfly. BTW, your photo is very beautiful.

DJ said...

wow, how beautiful - never seen a wild lupine before, thanks for sharing.

lotusleaf said...

Beautiful wild flower! Information about the lupine and the butterfly is fascinating.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Wonderful photography.

Regards and best wishes

Fotografaire said...

Stunning tones and contrasts.

Denise said...

Lovely! Great photo and I enjoyed reading about the Lupine. I hope it makes a recovery so that we cam all keep enjoying beautiful photos such as this one.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Beautiful shot and flower. If memory serves lupines played a pivotal role in an old Monty Python skit.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Leora said...

What a beautiful flower. Wish I had some in my yard.