I’ve been patiently (ok..maybe not patiently) waiting for the Scarlett Four O’clocks to bloom and was rewarded this morning…big time! The only photo I had was of a single bloom I got last year so seeing so many plants in bloom this morning in the North Access of the Preserve was very exciting.
Three other plants in the Four O’clock family were also blooming this morning. Desert Four O’clock (aka Colorado Four O’Clock), Trailing Windmills and Desert Wishbone Bush.
The flowers on this Desert Wishbone Bush (Mirabilis bigelovii) a few steps from my back door are only 1/2 inch across. I thought it only bloomed in Spring so I was surprised to see it blooming for the past couple of days. The flowers wilt after the sun comes up so this was shot in the shade (with my Canon S5).
I’ve started putting together a coloring book of flowers for a local Conservancy. The process of locating and then combining the graphics is time consuming but I find it alot of fun. I’m hoping it will make some child excited about hiking in the Preserve.
When the yellow Lantana come into full bloom, I begin looking for Sphinx moths. Unfortunately, they start showing up after dark and I’m no good with flash. I hope I didn’t blind the little guy.
Not wildflowers but these Lantana may be a sign of wild blooms to come!
I’ll be thinking about macro photography during my test this morning 🙂