Bunchberry Flower


At this time of year, the forest floor in coastal British Columbia is covered with this small plant. It is a relative of the Dogwood, the provincial flower. As the petals are growing they are a pleasant light green, they go white after the petals have reached their full growth.

We used a 55mm micro lens. Despite the use of a tripod, a slight breeze limited the exposure time. There is not much light at the forest floor, so an aperture of f8 was the smallest we could make.

A native legend tells of a woman who, fleeing an abusive husband, climbed a tree. The blood she dropped turned to bunchberry flowers.