Mallard Island for two weeks this summer. Fortunately, this summer was very late and some of these early summer flowers were still blooming on the Canadian border in late July - early August.
I love columbines and have tried painting them before, although I have not been happy with the results. Columbine are a very lacy plant with a lot of interesting information spread over many stems. I found the branching pattern very interesting with branches dividing into threes, with the middle branch blooming and ending at the bloom, while the two side branches would divide again and continue to create more blooms above the middle branch. There also are different shapes to the leaves when they are at different ages. Young leaves seem almost pointy while, the older the leaf gets, the more lobed it grows.