Indian Hellebore


The alpine meadows around Vancouver play host to this plant. It is a common sight to hikers in the area and a favourite for photographers. The plant prefers areas with plenty of water and cold such as around snow field run-off streams. Although the region's first people had medicinal uses for this plant, it is powerfully poisonous. We keep a sharp eye on Weston (our dog) around this plant because ingesting even a small piece can start violent convulsions and death.

This image was made in light drizzle with soft diffuse light. It was a nearly perfect situation for this type of subject.