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Wood anemone

July 9, 2012

in Flora & fauna

Wood anemones (Anemone nemorosa) are one of the earliest, and most delicate, of spring wildflowers. They hold their pristine white flowers well above their leaves on fine stems, so they nod and shiver in the slightest breeze. These were growing in Dunsford Nature Reserve, on the edges of Dartmoor National Park. The nature reserve is rightly famous for its swathes of wild daffodils which carpet the clearings in spring. I can’t help but prefer the anemone, though. They arrive a few weeks before the daffodils (and the crowds) with their greenery carpeting the woodland, over boulders and tree roots and down to the edge of the rushing River Teign, filling the woodland with white stars.

To keep the attention on the flower I’ve kept the background simple and clean, and used a restrained colour treatment.

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