I was out shooting the Pasque wildflowers a couple weekends ago and had a fairly good overcast morning of it. Pasque’s are like the wild version of a Tulip, and only about a quarter of the size. These flowers have something in them that, when ingested, makes the heart rate of the animal slow way down, so most animals avoid them. (Don’t know what they do to humans though.) But it turns out that wild turkeys are immune to the Pasque’s influences, so they dine on them like a dessert buffet. In fact while photographing them that morning we could here a couple turkeys gobbling just over the knoll from where we were shooting. I was hoping and being really still, just hoping they would wander over to us….
These flowers are a light purple, almost lavender in color and grow to be about 5 to 6 inches high. When they open, they’re beautifully colored inside with yellow and white stamen. And the inside of the lavender petals are white. Beautiful.
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