Horsemint a little closer
The last picture of Monarda citriodora didn’t make clear that an individual horsemint flower—which happens to remind me of a wide-open hippopotamus mouth—may have dark spots on it. This photograph of a whorl of horsemint flowers lets you see some of those spots. Whether you also see wide-open hippopotamus mouths is a function of your floral IQ (Imagination Quotient).
The south-central United States is the heartland for this species, but it grows in other places, too, as the state-clickable map at the USDA website confirms.
Thanks to leap-year, today is my 367th consecutive day of posting, and WordPress tells me that this is my 443rd post. Now it so happens that 367 and 443 are both prime numbers, so I’ll take this opportunity to say that I feel doubly in my prime. And that’s the end of this tribute that nature photography pays to arithmetic.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman