Macro Photo Monday: Harebell

Macro Photo Harebell Campanula rotundifolia

Harebell (Campanula rotundifolia) on Schweitzer Mountain, July 2012. ISO 80, f/4.0, 6mm focal length, shutter speed 1/500 sec.


It’s time for … Macro Photo Monday!

This macro photo is of a flower that is probably familiar to most of us: Campanula rotundifolia, also called harebell. Many varieties of Campanulas, or bellflowers, are available commercially. I’m not sure how this particular specimen came by the name harebell (maybe rabbits like it?), but according to Wikipedia, several poems have been written about it. (Standard disclaimer: I’m an amateur wildflower photographer, not a botanist. None of my plant classifications are 100% guaranteed.)

As always, I used my Canon G12 with the Raynox DCR-250 macro lens.

I like how delicate this little flower is. I also really like the peach colored, corkscrew shaped stamen At least, I think they’re stamen. I can never tell what’s what. Pretty pathetic for a former Master Gardener.

Most of the bellflowers I saw that day had their little heads down, which is quite common for the plant family, because their stems just can’t hold up the blossoms. This was the only flower I found into whose center I could really see. Hope you enjoy it!

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