Jacob’s ladder or Greek valerian

One of the most difficult of flowers to get good shots of, with my cheap cameras. They are very small, their color is so delicate, the lighting is usually contrasty in the woods where they grow…and a breeze is usually causing them to bounce around till they look like the tiniest of bells. I wonder if they are related to the larger, true Virginia bluebell.

Soon would I tire of all riches or honours or power that they fling;
But you are my own, of my own folk, you little blue flower of the Spring!

~ John Shaw Neilson


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