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In the spirit of springtime I thought I would offer one of my favorite springtime woodland wildflowers, “Dutchman’s Breeches.” Typically blooming in April and May I have spent many hours in the woods in search of these small illusive beauties of a wildflower. Extremely delicate they can be a challenge to photograph if there is any breeze blowing. Sometimes laying on the woodland floor and getting the camera low to the ground I find it a pleasant experience whenever I am lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.

From the Kansas Wildflower and Grasses website by Mike Haddock it is said, “Native Americans used Dutchman’s breeches as a love charm by throwing the plant at their intended or by chewing the root and breathing on the young lady that they were interested in. A compound infusion of the leaves was used as a liniment to strengthen the legs of runners.”

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