Wednesday, March 21, 2012
drawing copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Snake's Head Fritillaria / Kievitsbloem
colored pencils on paper (NFS)
March, 2012 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands
Many years ago, (before I started blogging), this amazing little plant, the Snake's Head Fritillaria (Fritillaria meleagris), bloomed abundantly in my garden here in Holland - but I haven't seen it bloom again in a very long time.
It certainly seems "happy" where it is right now, with lots of healthy green showing. Maybe it's too healthy?
I don't know ...
photo copyright Judith Nijholt-Strong. all rights reserved.
Snake's Head Fritillaria Plant
March, 2012 ~ Utrecht, Netherlands
So I wonder, will it bloom this year???
A Dutch Tradition:
In dutch, a Snake's Head Fritillaria is known as a Kievitsbloem. A Kievit (Vanellus vanellus) is a Northern European migratory bird, that nests in tall grasses in fields or marshlands. The birds' eggs are brownish in color and spotted, resembling the Fritillaria bloom - hence the Dutch name of the flower/plant! In english, a Kievit bird is a called a Northern Lapwing (or Peewit, Green Polver, or simply Lapwing).
In the Netherlands, particularly in the province of Friesland, it's a competitive tradition to be the first to find the Kievit's egg in early Spring - normally from March 1 to April 9. However, since the bird is on the European Union's protected list and it is now forbidden to harvest the eggs in most of Europe, a special dispensation was granted to Friesland to be able to coninue the Eerst Ei (first egg) tradition, but only during the period between March 1 to April 9. Participants are only allowed to harvest up to 15 eggs and the eggs must be authenticated by the Nature Network in Vaassen. So, this centuries old tradition still continues.
In 2012, the first Kievit's egg (kievitsei) was found on March 10th, in the village of Oudehaske in Friesland (the Wikipedia article is in dutch - but there is a map pictured. :o)) ) .
Drawing (144) Colored Pencils (112) Pen and Ink (96) Netherlands (93) Celebrations (84) Sketches/Sketchbooks (82) Moleskine (73) Watercolors (72) Travel (70) France (69) Holland (52) flowers (49) Cats (45) Dutch Language (44) Random Silliness (43) Utrecht (42) Garden (39) Photo Friday (30) Dutch (22) Limousin (22) Art History (21) Tulips (20) Christmas (18) Food (18) Chateau-Chervix (16) Halloween (16) Sketches (16) Gouache (14) Travel in The Netherlands (14) Paris (13) Folded Moleskine (11) Limoges (11) Valentines (10) Watercolor Pencils (10) collections (10) Sinterklaas (9) Blog Birthday (8) Easter (8) Inspiration (8) Belgium (7) In Memorium (7) Koninginnedag (7) Museums (7) New Year's Eve (7) Pumpkins (7) Thanksgiving (7) collections nature (7) Antwerp Belgium (6) Drafting Film (6) Sacha (6) Birds (5) Cathedrals (5) Cooking (5) shells (5) Driekoningen (4) Earth Day (4) Friesland (4) Queen's Day (4) graphite (4) Dordogne (3) Germany (3) Leuven Belgium (3) Markers (3) North Holland (3) Sarlat la Canéda (3) Vienna (3) Vintage (3) medieval history (3) spammers (3) 4th of July (2) Beeld en Geluid Museum (2) Berlin (2) Candy (2) Chartres (2) Chinese New Year (2) Crows (2) Delft (2) Finn (2) Gent Belgium (2) Haarzuillens (2) Hilversum (2) Independence Day (2) Kasteel de Haar (2) Memorial Day (2) Panoramas (2) Pieter Bruegel the Elder (2) Software Programs (2) image scrapers (2) lantern plant (2) souvenirs (2) April Fool's Day (1) Carcassonne (1) Chateau de Hautefort (1) Claywork (1) Collonges la Rouge (1) Crafts (1) Dirk Bouts (1) Keukenhof (1) Languedoc (1) Museum Speelklok (1) Netherlandish Painting (1) Peony (1) Peter Paul Rubens (1) PhotoShop (1) Recipe (1) Stones and Rocks (1) Sumi-e Brush and Ink (1) Vermeer (1) Vintage Postcards (1) Woerden (1) digital drawing (1) ice skating (1) watersoluable graphite (1)