Thursday, September 13, 2007

Psychedelic flowers


Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Gorgeous, Ki. Is the first one a gazania? I absolutely love the orange and purple petals with the golden centers on that one.

6:22 AM  
Blogger kate said...

Those are great shots ... each one of them. It's amazing to see the intricacies of each bloom ...

7:00 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kim,
Yep it's a Gazania. In fact most of the pictures are of Gazanias with a Rudbeckia and Gaillardia thrown in. The first and second to the last are my favorites. They seem to be almost the same flower with the second in a lighter shade of orange. I usually don't give much thought to these gaudy flowers but I thought it might be interesting to look at them during the bleak months of winter so I took a few pictures but I was surprised at how interesting the coloration was so I had to post a few. Now that I know they photograph well, I'll be sure to take more pictures. Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Kate,
Thank you. I was trying to photograph some skipper butterflies when I spotted the Gazanias in bloom. At the time I didn't think the photos would amount to much but was pleasantly surprised to see how vivid the colors were. These were pretty much just out of the camera. I am very pleased that I was able to capture the inner parts of the flowers with good definition. The photos are reduced in quality for Blogger so the actual photos are even better. Since you are a painter, can you imagine trying to paint the subtle color shifts just in one flower! For example take the yellow flower third from the bottom. There are so many shades of yellow, ochres and oranges I would go crazy trying to mix them all.

11:24 AM  
Blogger Digital Flower Pictures said...

Wow I felt like I was back in the sixties again for a minute there.

Ki, thanks for the email. Your site seems to be working now, just slightly slow loading , which I can live with. I am glad I can visit again!

6:53 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

They look good to me, but the sixties don't seem that long ago! Sometimes I forget to write 20-- and start out 19--.

Ki, are you going to count these flowers for Garden bloggers bloom day or are you making a separate post for it?


6:53 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

Love your gazanias! Will have to try them next year.

6:54 PM  
Blogger kate said...

I agree, Ki, trying to mix the colours would be tough ... I had to come back and have a look at them. They really are good!

5:55 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Chris, Far out man! Blogger seems very sluggish for the past few days but I'll start loading smaller files to help the pictures appear faster.

Annie, I can't seem to even remember what year it is sometimes. The hazy days now aren't too different from the days spent in haze in the sixties. ;) I have come to the conclusion that your mind stops at a certain chronological age and you always picture yourself being that age no matter what the mirror tells you or how many aches and pains you suffer throughout the day.

I thought GBBD was this Sunday instead of Saturday. Things kept coming up preventing me from posting some flower pics for GBBD but I'll scramble and do a quick post on Monday - only two days late!

Hi Connie,
The Gazanias were sort of a lucky buy and an act of mercy at the same time. A big box store was getting rid of some pretty nice hanging pots filled with wilting Gazanias for $1.99. We bought about 6 pots thinking more about rescuing the mistreated plants than for the nice but fairly gaudy blooms. Well they perked up nicely with a little consistent watering and feeding and have rewarded us with these nice flowers. It's just too bad they won't winter over.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kate,
The more I look at flowers the more I seem to appreciate their intricate coloring and forms. I have to thank the digital camera and especially the macro feature to reveal their wonderful qualities.

6:15 PM  
Blogger lisa said...


8:53 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Farm out Lisa! At least that was the expression they used when I was in Iowa.

10:44 AM  

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