Kip’s Comments 9-9-18

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen - Image 522724 (© Kip Ladage)

 

A Visit to the Rowley Fen

Thanks to a reminder of a previous posting on Facebook via “Memories”, I realized it was time to visit the Rowley Fen in Buchanan County for my annual walk through the autumn wildflowers. If anything good can come from the rain we have had, it is that the flowers in the fen did outstanding this year. Many plant species were in bloom today, including three species of gentians and grass of Parnassus. Each year those species bloom, but some years are better than others for finding the blossoms. Today I had no trouble locating acceptable plants to photograph.   

Since I have many photographs of these wildflower species, I concentrated today on composing more artistic views of the wildflowers. All were shot using natural light. I did make use of shadows for backgrounds, but there were no other effects utilized.       

I want to share a story from the visit. Just before I arrived, in fact I followed them in, two fellows with two dogs were at the fen. They were running their dogs through the various unique habitats of this fen. As they approached the wet area (where I was photographing the many gentian blossoms), I heard one tell the other… “Be careful through here. It’s a “blankety blank” swamp.” Little did they know those very qualities, along with the appropriate soils, are what makes the fen special and perfect for so many gorgeous wildflowers.   

I have put the photos together in high resolution and to music at this link. If you like wildflowers, I think you might appreciate spending a minute watching this video:     

A Visit to the Rowley Fen     

Following is a small sampling of the many images recorded today at the Rowley Fen. The juvenile turkey vulture was photographed very near the fen, perched in the window of an old outbuilding.

Rowley Fen Scenic - Image 522670 (© Kip Ladage)

Rowley Fen Scenic – Image 522670 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Asters at the Rowley Fen - Image 522584 (© Kip Ladage)

Asters at the Rowley Fen – Image 522584 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Lobelia at the Rowley Fen - Image 522611 (© Kip Ladage)

Lobelia at the Rowley Fen – Image 522611 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Closed Bottle Gentian at the Rowley Fen - Image 522653 (© Kip Ladage)

Closed Bottle Gentian at the Rowley Fen – Image 522653 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen - Image 522706 (© Kip Ladage)

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen – Image 522706 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen - Image 522724 (© Kip Ladage)

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen – Image 522724 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen - Image 522777 (© Kip Ladage)

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen – Image 522777 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen - Image 522807 (© Kip Ladage)

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen – Image 522807 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen - Image 522834 (© Kip Ladage)

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen – Image 522834 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen - Image 522867 (© Kip Ladage)

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen – Image 522867 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen - Image 522910 (© Kip Ladage)

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen – Image 522910 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen - Image 522934 (© Kip Ladage)

Fringed Gentian at Rowley Fen – Image 522934 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Grass of Parnassus at Rowley Fen - Image 522967 (© Kip Ladage)

Grass of Parnassus at Rowley Fen – Image 522967 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Grass of Parnassus at Rowley Fen - Image 522977 (© Kip Ladage)

Grass of Parnassus at Rowley Fen – Image 522977 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Grass of Parnassus at Rowley Fen - Image 523006 (© Kip Ladage)

Grass of Parnassus at Rowley Fen – Image 523006 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Grass of Parnassus at Rowley Fen - Image 523030 (© Kip Ladage)

Grass of Parnassus at Rowley Fen – Image 523030 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Grass of Parnassus at Rowley Fen - Image 523067 (© Kip Ladage)

Grass of Parnassus at Rowley Fen – Image 523067 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Joe-pye Weed at Rowley Fen - Image 523075 (© Kip Ladage)

Joe-pye Weed at Rowley Fen – Image 523075 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Partridge Pea at Rowley Fen - Image 523105 (© Kip Ladage)

Partridge Pea at Rowley Fen – Image 523105 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Stiff Gentian at Rowley Fen - Image 523115 (© Kip Ladage)

Stiff Gentian at Rowley Fen – Image 523115 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Stiff Gentian at Rowley Fen - Image 523136 (© Kip Ladage)

Stiff Gentian at Rowley Fen – Image 523136 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Stiff Gentian at Rowley Fen - Image 523144 (© Kip Ladage)

Stiff Gentian at Rowley Fen – Image 523144 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sunflower Species at Rowley Fen - Image 523173 (© Kip Ladage)

Sunflower Species at Rowley Fen – Image 523173 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sunflower Species at Rowley Fen - Image 523224 (© Kip Ladage)

Sunflower Species at Rowley Fen – Image 523224 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sunflower Species and Turtlehead at Rowley Fen - Image 523270 (© Kip Ladage)

Sunflower Species and Turtlehead at Rowley Fen – Image 523270 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Turtlehead at Rowley Fen - Image 523300 (© Kip Ladage)

Turtlehead at Rowley Fen – Image 523300 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Dragonfly at Rowley Fen - Image 523314 (© Kip Ladage)

Dragonfly at Rowley Fen – Image 523314 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Unknown Purple Spike Wildflower at Rowley Fen - Image 523317 (© Kip Ladage)

Unknown Purple Spike Wildflower at Rowley Fen – Image 523317 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Asters at the Rowley Fen - Image 523344 (© Kip Ladage)

Asters at the Rowley Fen – Image 523344 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Juvenile Turkey Vulture in Barn Window Near Rowley Fen - Image 523097 (© Kip Ladage)

Juvenile Turkey Vulture in Barn Window Near Rowley Fen – Image 523097 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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