Summer is the season of so many flowers, yet one of my favorites is the coneflower. From a tall stem and a tight bud, the petals are gradually pried open by the sun and warmth. The white petals are small, and reach upward. Then as they mature, the petals turn a beautiful shade of pink and flex backwards, leaving the cone accessible to butterflies, bees, and small birds. I have coneflowers in various stages throughout the gardens, yet this photograph seems to symbolize the uniqueness of this flower with both the early blossom and the fully developed bloom in the background.
Very well done. I too love the coneflower and have added a couple more to our garden this year. Also have a giant dahlia that is really spectacular this year. Enjoying one of the best summers here in PNW.
Glad to hear you’ve got coneflowers to remind you of Minnesota. And I can only imagine how beautiful (and large) the dahlias are this year. Have you been to the dahlia test garden at Point Defiance? That was always one of my favorite places to photograph the dahlias. They just don’t grow like that here. Thanks, Doris!
Oh ye of few words. But you choose them wisely….Thanks, Joani!
What a nice capture! – there is something extra special about acrobatic flowers . . .
Margaret – I always love your word choices. And so fitting to call coneflowers acrobatic; a perfect description! Thanks.