Highbush Blueberry flower bud
Last Thursday (3/8) with temperatures hovering around the low 70’s here in the Washington, DC area, I noticed a bunch of highbush blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum) bushes beginning to awaken from their winter slumber. The highbush blueberry is a native of eastern North America, growing to about four feet tall. The one pictured is about two feet tall.
In this sample, the flowers buds are turning a bright pink, as they swell and absorb water. Their winter condition is more of a dull greenish-crimson color. As the weather warms and the availability of water increases, the buds should begin to open in the next few weeks.
Stay tuned to future postings as I chronicle the progression of the highbush blueberry from flower bud to fruit.
The image was captured with a Panasonic GF3, using a Leica 45mm F2.8 macro lens.
f/9 @ 1/30 sec ISO 160
Posted on March 11, 2012, in General Photography, Plants and tagged Alexandria Virginia, Blueberry, flower buds, flowers, fruit, horticulture, Leica, life cycle, macro photography, native plants, North America, Panasonic GF3, photography, Vaccinium. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.