Ultraviolet Flowers

Anemone nemorosa L.

Anemone nemorosa. Visible light

Visible light
Nikon D1H , UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5, no flash

UV light
Nikon D1H , UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5 @800 ISO, FF filter + CC20C, SB-140

Anemone nemorosa. IR light

IR light
Nikon D1H , UV-Nikkor 105 mm f/4.5 @800 ISO, Wratten 89 B, SB-140 + Wratten 87

All images
© Bjørn Rørslett/NN
The Wood Anenome greets the oncoming spring with its numerous white flowers. This species lacks any indication of a UV floral pattern, however. This sharply contrasts the strong UV signature of its close relative, Yellow Anemone (A. ranunculoides).

In common with other spring-flowering species, such as Hepatica nobilis, in this family, A. nemorosa displays quite strong reflectance in near-IR. Thus, the venation pattern of the petals stands out very strongly in this spectral band.

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Last Update 9 May, 2003