Three Hellebores and a Summer Snowflake

Every spring, when I visit Filoli, I try to take pictures of the hellebores and the summer snowflakes.  The photos have never satisfied me.  This spring, I’m happier with the photos than I was in previous years and, since Lent started last Wednesday, what is more appropriate than a picture of a Lenten Rose?  In the hellebores, what appear to be petals are actually sepals; the petals have been transformed into cuplike structures called nectaries which hold nectar.

Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis)

Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis)

SOURCE:  Lenten Rose (Helleborus orientalis) (Woodside, San Mateo County, California); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 23 February 2011.

Corsican Hellebore (Helleborus argutifolius)

Corsican Hellebore (Helleborus argutifolius)

SOURCE:  Corsican Hellebore (Helleborus argutifolius) (Woodside, San Mateo County, California); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 23 February 2011.

Hellborus x hybridus ?

Hellborus x hybridus ?

SOURCE:  Hellborus x hybridus ? (Woodside, San Mateo County, California); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 23 February 2011.

Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum)

Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum)

SOURCE:  Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) (Woodside, San Mateo County, California); photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 23 February 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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One Response to Three Hellebores and a Summer Snowflake

  1. Apple says:

    Hellebores are very hard to photograph with their downward blooms. I think your photos are great!

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