It rained pretty much all day today. Yesterday too. It’s supposed to lighten up a bit overnight, but we still may have scattered thunder showers tomorrow evening. Which is great since I’ll be camping with my Pathfinder club. That means I have a TON of things to do tonight to get ready, and it also means I probably won’t post again until Sunday.

When I got home I put on my rain coat and rain pants, grabbed my camera, and went outside. I really wanted to see if I could find any new blooms to log before May ends. I didn’t see any new ones, but I did fool around with the camera enough to get a semi-decent shot of the Cancer-root (Orobanche uniflora) that has been stymieing me so much of late.

Orobanche uniflora

Orobanche uniflora


I had to manually set the exposure time to prevent the petals from getting overexposed, and I also fooled around with manual focus. I had the camera on my mini tripod too, and set it to delay two seconds before taking the shot. That way when I pressed the button and let off, the tripod would have time to settle before the pciture was made. Whew!

I also took another shot of a pink lady’s slipper, and it came out semi-okay too:

Cypripedium acuale

Cypripedium acuale

I should have increased the exposure time on this one though, as there is no white here to wash out the picture. These are almost finished now too. There was one less than a yard away from this one that had already faded into oblivion.

I also tried my hand at capturing an Indian cucumber-root in bloom:

Medeola virginiana

Medeola virginiana

When we camp this weekend I will be on the lookout for some Solomon’s seal. The only place I’ve ever seen it is at the Haggett Farm when we camped there last year over Memorial Day weekend. So it should be in bloom again now. We’ll see!

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