Category Archives: Flowers

End of summer

Rose of Sharon

I wasn’t crazy about this image, but its the last on my card for August. I took it because of the way the light hit the flower and the combination of full bloom and dead blooms. It turned out kind of meh.

I played around with it a bit using some of the filters in G’mic and Nik (both are pugins for the GIMP).

For Bush Boy’s Last on the Card for August, and Cee’s Flower of the Day.

Flowers within flowers

Echinacea, coneflower close-up, showing the yellow pollen.
Echinacea Cone flower
A ring of yellow pollen covered anthers on an echinacea in my neighbor's yard.
Flowers within flowers

The pollen starting to appear on these looks like little yellow flowers.

Echinacea (also known as Rudbeckia) is a composite flower.

At first glance, a composite flower like the daisy looks simple, with petals forming rays around a colorful disk. Upon closer inspection, however, these flowers aren’t simple at all. The flower is actually made up of many flowers–inflorescences–masquerading as a single flower. Each “petal” is a flower, as is each bump on the disk.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day.

I gave these a painterly, textured look using Topaz Studio 2.