Closeup of Globe Artichoke

31 07 2010

The Globe Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) is a perennial thistle. If the buds or “globes” aren’t harvested, six-inch bluish-purple thistle-like flowers will form. This is an abstract closeup shot of two unopened buds and one flowering bud. Bees are especially drawn to the flowers.

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Straw Flower

31 07 2010

I love the way the bokeh of the grasses makes the background looks so painterly. Serendipity!

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

30 07 2010

GREAT PHOTO TIP! Here’s a butterfly photography trick I learned from my friend Mary Ellen a few years ago. Wait until the butterfly has it proboscis inserted into a flower and it becomes completely distracted by the task at hand—then move in closer, staying as still as possible.

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Hemerocallis ‘Zambia’ (Daylily)

30 07 2010

Hybridized by Moldovan, registered/introduced in 1975

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Now, if only a bug would land on this here daisy…

30 07 2010

My wish was granted! (Sorry, no ID yet on the insect—anyone hazard to guess?)

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Blushing

30 07 2010

I think this is a type of strawflower, hybrid unknown.

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Ganzania (African Daisy)

30 07 2010

I’m not sure what the purple flowers in the background are, but they certainly look like a type of Clematis. Love the combination of orange and purple—exceedingly garish, yet perfectly lovely. The weather was stellar today and great for photography, even if only for an hour out of my busy design workday! (Special thanks to Teresa Blankmeyer Burke for pointing out that it might be a Ganzania!)

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