The joy of digital cameras is the freedom they give to try shots that you might not otherwise have tried if you had to develop film. The picture above is a close up of one stem from a traditional bleeding heart plant. Sadly, this plant did not make it through the last winter, so we have none at this time. But, I have always had a soft spot for this perennial flowering plant.
The bleeding heart is an early season, bushy perennial that tends to die back in the heat of summer. It is one of the earlier flowers and does well in shade. I remember growing up with one of these in our back yard. It sat in the corner of the yard where our back porch met the house. That area received no direct sunlight and there wasn't much chance that there would be grass growing there. I used to enjoy sitting and just looking at this plant when it was in bloom. I couldn't help but to reach out and touch the flowers. They look so fragile, and yet are quite resilient.
What I remembered most was that they revealed more detail the closer you observed them. They are the sort of plant that might lull you into thinking that the flowers are simple and not worthy of inspection. If you don't believe me, just look at this photo. Then, I encourage you to sit down next to one of these plants next Spring and admire their beauty close up.