I love to shoot close-ups of flowers – to look right into their centers a la Georgia O Keefe.
A Cymbidium – one of the easier orchids to grow.
These are baby-blue eyes – Nemophila menziesii, a cutie with its silvery anthers and delicate petals – the bifurcated stigma (center) look like Martian eyes to me.
Calochortus venustus is a wild mariposa lily.
Calochortus leichtlinii or white mariposa lily. This is a good one to identify the flower parts : the center column is called the style and is topped by the a 3-part stigma ( the unseen ovary is at the bottom of the style), which in these lilies is surrounded by six white anthers – those are the male parts.
Note the same characteristics: three petals, 3-part stigma and six anthers. You guessed it: another mariposa lily – Calochortus luteus.
One more wild lily is C. tolmeii – pussy ears. This is one of my favorite little (no more than ¾ inch across) wildflowers with its blue anthers and fuzzy petals – it’s nickname is pussy ears.
And I’ll close with a close-up of a Christmas cactus flower.
I’ll save some more for another time…..