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Balsam and Bee

Balsam and Bee
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Copyright: Lori Cannon (LCannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 137 N: 804] (3107)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Kodak Easyshare LS753
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-13 0:36
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Today I was stuck inside in training ALL day while the sun shone all around. It was a beautiful spring day, and I was feeling trapped, on one of our short breaks I bolted for the outside, and found this lovely flower outside, with the busy bees swarming around, hard at work probably having more fun than I was.

This flower is a Balsamroot, a common spring flower in the Columbia Gorge, and a flower that has made the Dog Mountain hike on the Washington side of the river so popular, as these flowers cover the hillside on the trip up.

From Paul Slichter's Site
It should be pointed out that the balsamroots can be difficult to distinguish from one another in the Columbia River Gorge. Characteristics which help key them out may not always work on all plants of a population.

Some of the records, indicate all 3 species at the same location and this probably reflects misidentifying the species.

1. Carey's Balsamroot: Balsamorhiza careyana - Arrowhead-like or large heart-like leaves are shiny green and nearly hairless. Plants to 3 feet tall. One to three flower heads per stem. Plants are found further east and the flowerheads are smaller than the next species.

2. Northwest Balsamroot: Balsamhoriza deltoidea - Arrowhead-like leaves have partly toothed margins and are green and nearly hairless. Plants to 3 feet tall. This balsamroot is a native from west of the Cascades and evidently extends as far eastward as Biggs, OR.

3. Arrow-leaf Balsamroot: Balsamhoriza sagittata - Flowers and arrowhead leaves somewhat woolly or velvety. Leaf margins entire (smooth). Flowers large (to 4 inches wide) and yellow. Plants to 2 feet tall.

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For someone who had a bad day in training it looks like you made the most of your escape. What a shot of the Balsomroot and bee. Very crisp, focused, and brilliant color. An exceptional photo...

Great photo, I love your unusual POV. Good sharpness and details, excellent colors and very nice composition. I love it !

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-13 5:54]

Hi Lori
Great colourful close up shot.Beautiful colours and composition.
Well done


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-04-16 20:20]

Hi Lori,
this is lovely,lovely colors and sharpness. The POV and crop are excellent. A beautiful composition.

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