Coneflowers 7D_2268_StaatsSummer 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.