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Grape Hyacinth with Daffodil Guardians

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 13 April 2011 in Plant & Nature.

Being protected by two daffodils, these are Grape Hyacinth (Muscari botryoides or Liliaceae). I had been mistakenly referring to these little gems as Blue Bells but they are not. Grape Hyacinths were imported from regions of Turkey for flower gardens, but they now flourish in the wild all over the State of Pennsylvania and other eastern Canadian and US locations. To me, these are the most amazing little bulb flowers! Part of the reason that I selected this image to post was to demonstrate how small these little beauties are. Daffodils aren't really that big, yet they dwarf the grape hyacinth. The stems stand about 8-10 inches tall (25-26 CM), but the grouping of blossoms themselves are much smaller. Each little "grape" is approximately 1 centimeter in diameter and the entire "bunch" probably takes up no more more than 10 CM in height and 6 CM across. They are really delightful to examine closely. Unfortunately, I was without my better lens for closeup, so I did what I could with the lens I had...I had to "back out" my original crop to allow for an image that was marginally in focus. This is a little better then the original close up which was way too blurry. My intent was really just to show you these gorgeous little pods that actually do look like grapes! I hope you enjoy!

OLYMPUS E-510 1/50 second F/5.2 ISO 200 55 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

OLYMPUS E-510
1/50 second
F/5.2
ISO 200
55 mm

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