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Wednesday, 17 February 2010

FriZZy!

Sparmannia africana

28 comments:

Randi said...

Stunning photo - reminds me of New Year Eve!
Thanks for your sweet comment - I love your blog - wonderful photos. See you later!

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

Very cool... that would look fabulous in a black frame.

The Garden Bell said...

WOnderFul PicTuRe... YOu must have a macro lens. Can't wait to see more.

Kate - The Garden Bell

leavesnbloom said...

I've never seen this flower before - its beautiful

Dan said...

Randi is right - they do look like fireworks! Gorgeous photos! How is progress at Tumbledown?

Marice said...

wow thats really beautiful :)

u may view mine here

noel said...

aloha RO,

what a nice capture, how did you get the detailed shot, with some software for the stamens?

Teza said...

RO:
What a divinely detailed capture! It almost makes the stamens the focus of attention - and when you stop to consider, they are so oft overlooked in photography.

Kiki said...

wooah...exquisite!! eye-candy!
You rock girl..!
Kiki~

Rothschild Orchid said...

Teza, I love the stamens on this plant, they are like glorious exploding fireworks, beautifully illuminated against a backdrop of white petals. I'm having a week for macro shots of stamens. They are hard to capture, and unless I was busy poking my lens at them I would miss all their subtleties too. The image below of Kleinia abyssinica is not one of my best but I included it in my valentines post because if you look closely at it many of the stamens look like tiny hearts.

Hi Noel, I used a 105mm macro lens to get the close up shot of the stamens.

Hi Dan, progress at Tumbledown has been slow this month; I've been battling with a succession of illnesses. I have been suffering quite badly with migraines of late and have been referred to see a neurologist next week. Fingers crossed it will be sorted soon. I've been busily hacking down elders and overgrown shrubs for some time. I am making a small dent in the undergrowth but it is going to take some time before I can reach anything that I would call order!

Thanks for all your lovely comments,

RO xx

Juliet said...

Ooh, pretty - I like that one - not come across it before.

Sorry for the lack of comments lately - I have been reading your blog posts (and Aspi's guest posts :-D) but not had sufficient brain to be able to think of anything to say.

I haven't forgotten I said I'd suggest some gardens to visit - my favourites will hopefully be appearing on my blog in the near future :-*

Jim Groble said...

very cool pictures. jim

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I love it when I find new plants that I have not encountered before. And these certainly are amazing.

Jen

dragonfly said...

Beautiful capture.. this ought to be made into a card with the fireworks type feature would great sent for all celebrations!

http://www.gardenersreach.com/post/Amazing-Butterflies.aspx

caite said...

what a fantastic flower...and photograph of it. I need a nice new macro lens...and maybe a new camera to go with it.

Andrea said...

Great photos of natural fireworks on display. I salute your macro shots. Those petals are just secondary for aesthetics, and only to protect these delicate parts. I hope for your soonest release of migraine pains. God bless and take care.

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Fabulous shot
K

Gail said...

Wow...and a new plant to 'google about' gail

Noelle said...

Such a beautiful photo and I love how the bright yellow contrast so nicely with the white petals. I hope you will be sharing more macro shots with us soon :^)

joey said...

Wow, stunning photos. I've added myself to your followers, afraid I might miss something wonderful :)

Kyna said...

What an amazing photo!! :D

Deborah at Kilbourne Grove said...

Gorgeous!!!!

James A-S said...

That, Madam Orchid, is one helluva picture.

The Idiot Gardener said...

Great picture, and just so Frizzy!

Carrie said...

oh yes - that is gorgeous = smile on my face x

debsgarden said...

Gorgeous! Wonderful detail of the stamens!

Liisa said...

RO,
This is indeed a stunning portrait. This is quite the bloom, and after a bit of research, I am thrilled to discover that this can be grown as a houseplant, likes partial shade, and the yellow stamens spread open when touched. Thank you so much for introducing me to this amazing plant. :)

Liz said...

Thank you for sharing your stunning photos! It IS time to
get back outside and enjoy Mother
Nature's reawakening. I also have a diligent feline yard manager, lol. From Portland, Oregon (the SECOND best Gardening Capitol in the world!), Liz