Pasque flowers announcing spring

One of the first prairie flowers to bloom in the spring are the pasque flowers.  They thrive in gravel prairies and are found in various areas throughout Minnesota.  Yesterday I ventured south of the Twin Cities to a Minnesota Scientific and Natural Area.  When I first arrived, the morning was cool and overcast, but I was thrilled to have found a wonderful slope dotted with these small pasque flowers.  Standing only 4 to 5 inches tall, they are easily overlooked from a distance.  As I walked along I found more and more of these little gems pushing their blooms up from under the brown grasses.  I spent over an hour photographing, all the while accompanied by the sounds of Canada geese and mourning doves.   As I stopped to take in the beauty of the landscape around me the skies slowly cleared and I was treated to a warm sun and beautiful pasque flowers against a blue sky — a delightful and wonderful welcome to spring.

2 thoughts on “Pasque flowers announcing spring

  1. Joani April 11, 2010 / 10:25 pm

    As a kid, we collected the May flowers. They were many, many on the way home from school. The goal was to fill our black lunch box. Mom knew we were near the tracks………..

  2. Beth Meyers April 12, 2010 / 8:19 am

    Love the delicate clouds above the flowers, very nice shot!

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