Ron Hanko

Ron Hanko

Posted on 06/16/2013


Photo taken on May  3, 2013


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Common Camas

Common Camas
Common Camas or Indian Hyacinth, Camassia quamash was a very important food plant for the native tribes and for early settlers. The bulbs could be roasted or boiled and were supposed to taste something like a potato, and when dried could be ground for flour. A person had to know what he was about, however, since there is another plant that often grows with Camas called the Death Camas. The two plants are easy to tell apart when in flower but not so easy otherwise, and the Death Camas is so named for good reasons. These often grow in such abundance that whole fields are blue with them and such fields were "owned" and carefully tended by those who used the plant for food. This example was photographed on Whidbey Island on the grounds of the Au Sable Institute.

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Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
A super shot, Ron, and a fascinating background story. I wonder if a field of these looks like the Spanish Bluebells we see at BBG. Our trip yesterday was brief but very enjoyable. We got a few decent shots, but nothing like the Lotus image you were so kind to visit. The Water Lilies up at NYBG are so much closer to the pond edges and more acceessible to my "Pointy Shooty" lens. We're due for another trip up to the Bronx.
4 years ago.
dalang55555
dalang55555
Beautiful!!
4 years ago.
~Roxanne~
~Roxanne~
Now, this I recognize! I have some in my garden too. Lovely shot of it
4 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Wonderful photo.
4 years ago.
Lorraine ~ Kanga ~
Lorraine ~ Kanga ~
Nice shot Ron, lovely colour and dof.
4 years ago.
Cheeseplease
Cheeseplease
Nicely captured and very interesting narrative.
4 years ago.
Vilmar Vidor
Vilmar Vidor
Very beautiful !!
4 years ago.
Tess Mc Kenna
Tess Mc Kenna
Stellar shot Ron. Great Info as always Well done my friend Hugs Tess
4 years ago.
Anne Sorbes
Anne Sorbes
Superb flowers, beautiful colors!
4 years ago.
John Biebe
John Biebe
beautiful flower, Ron.
4 years ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
Such a gorgeous shade of blue!
4 years ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
very beautiful colours, artistic composition !
4 years ago.
Puzzler4879
Puzzler4879
This is just plain beautiful!

4 years ago.
Serge Daigneault
Serge Daigneault
So beautiful !

4 years ago.
Fizgig
Fizgig
=)

4 years ago.