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Standing cypress flower

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Standing Cypress Flower 3865

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In the last post you saw an Ipomopsis rubra bud, and now you get to see what one of those buds turns into. If I tell you that rubra means red in Latin , I don’t think you’ll be surprised. In contrast, I think you will be surprised to learn that this plant is in the same botanical family as the cut-leaf gilia from a couple of months ago, which was low and tiny. Despite the differences, botanists classify both species in the Polemoniaceae, or phlox family. If you’d like to reinforce the contrast between these two oh-so-different relatives, you’re welcome to look back at a view from last year that gives you a good sense of how tall and slender a standing cypress plant is, and how splendid one can be when it’s covered with flowers.

As was true of yesterday’s photo, this one comes from the Blunn Creek Nature Preserve on June 13.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 3, 5, and 7 in About My Techniques are relevant to this picture.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 28, 2013 at 6:17 AM

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