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A different kind of fall color: Hardy cyclamen

I adore hardy cyclamen, more known for its wonderful variegated leaves than its flowers. In early fall they bloom naked, then the leaves come out. Because the small flowers grow close to the ground it is hard to see and appreciate the delicate beauty of the blossoms on their curlicue tendrils without crawling on the ground. Here is a slug’s eye view:

You have to get close to appreciate hardy cyclamen in bloom. The small flowers on their curling tendrils grow close to the ground.
One has to get close to really appreciate these delicate beauties.
You have to get close to appreciate hardy cyclamen in bloom. The small flowers on their curling tendrils grow close to the ground.

For Sunshine’s Macro Monday and Cee’s Flower of the Day

A rosy (and fluffy) outlook

Close-up of a rosy spirea in the alpine meadows at Paradise on Mount Rainier.
Rosy spirea up close and personal.

I’m still working on all of the pictures I took at Paradise earlier this month. This is a rosy spirea. This year they were just a bit past their prime. Here is one from last year. Its not quite as close-up, but the details are pretty good.

Rosy spirea in the alpine meadows at Paradise on Mount Rainier.
Last year they were a little fresher than this year.

Sunshine’s Macro Monday

Cee’s Flower of the Day