Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hard to catch Peach-leaved bellflower 10.4.2015

On 10th April 2015, Peach-leaved bellflower appears on an Åland stamp. Wild life photographer Andy Horner shot the photo of this adorable meadow flower which is much easier to spot than to photograph. 
He spotted the flower alongside the cycle path some 100 metres from his home in Mariehamn, but shooting a photo of it proved difficult. “The human eye obviously perceives the special hue of the bellflower differently from the hue perceived by both digital sensor and traditional film, turning the colour slightly purple in the photo. Presumably, this particular shade of blue lies very close to the invisible ultraviolet colour of the spectrum”, Andy explains.
Peach-leaved bellflower (Campanula persicifolia) is the most common species of the eight different species of bellflower growing in Åland. It appears on road shoulders and meadows and in gardens in the beginning of July. It usually becomes approx. 50 cm tall, and its bell-shaped, mostly blue flowers of five fused petals become 3.5 cm long and sit in clusters on the erect, unbranched stems.

Thank you Ella for the four lovely fdc's from Åland.

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