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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A New Purple Sea




 The glorious jacaranda "purple rain" is coming to an end as the agapanthus are coming into full bloom. One sea of purple replacing another as several road-side garden strips are mass planted with agapanthus, mostly light purple, some white and an occasional deep purple. There are also many beautiful purple flower heads within people's own yards.







Earlier this month I found this flower head beginning to split open.




Nine days later the same flower head is gradually maturing a little more each day.







The three photos above were all taken early one morning. You can see the anthers just beginning to break open.







By early afternoon the anthers were open, pollen fully exposed.




As I was turning to leave I found a new bud on another agapanthus plant, rippling with purple florets just beneath the skin - can you can see the tinge of purple? More miracles about to burst into the big world for all to see.

Sharing at Sweet Shot Tuesday, Observing Beauty.

39 comments:

Nadege, said...

I love Agapanthus, they are such interesting flowers to photograph at any stage of their growth.

Lovely images.

missing moments said...

Such a beautiful flower and your photos show it!

Jenni C's said...

i love agapanthus, and this indigenous South African flower seems to be doing better down there than here in my garden...your photographs are lovely...

Nayana said...

Beautiful Flowers and Pics Karen...they do look similar to hosta flowers.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Beautiful series ...

geetlee said...

i love how you've captured the journey from a bud to a beautiful flower! :) love the colors!

May said...

It's amazing to see how different countries have their own kind of flowers popping forth. I cannot wait for spring to head out with my cam and capture some blooms. As of now, everything is bare...:(

HANS-PETER ZÜRCHER said...

Wunderbare Bilderserie, die Macross sind Dir grossartig gelungen...

Liebe Grüsse Dir

Hans-Peter

Me said...

Love the close ups!

Pieni Lintu said...

Nice flowers again!!! <3

Tina´s PicStory said...

very lovely ♥

Rena said...

We have these here in Brazil, too, but I never knew their name (although I've heard a common name which I won't repeat here, ha!).Perhaps our climates are similar? These are SO lovely, both the flower and the photos.

Robyn said...

Stunning pictures! Agapanthus are truly glorious flowers! Though they seem to be taking their time coming out this year in Melbourne. Perhaps it's not been hot enough yet.

geanina said...

Such a beautiful flower! :)

Carola said...

Beautiful flower shots, great details.

Life with Kaishon said...

Positively splendid! : )
I love your flowers and your light.

Heart n Soul said...

I always find agapanthus so interesting ... it looks so unassuming with its slender leaves ... then suddenly it sprouts these unexpectedly large blooms in spectacular fashion. Lovely captures.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Wow so many agapanthus, I have just one clump, such a lovely plant.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

These are so lovely to see this time of year -- everything is brown here.

Kateri said...

This is a flower I am not familar with. It is very pretty!

Linda R. said...

Such breathtaking flowers.. Your photos are so beautiful.. You have captured them perfectly!!!

Hugs, Linda

Filip Demuinck said...

It is nice to see summer again, here it is cold.

Greetings,
Filip

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful photos and music. Your blog is a magical and peaceful place to visit. Thanks, :)

Light Trigger said...

your macro shots are stunning

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marijke said...

What a gorgeous photo's of my favorite bulb.

Have a great week
Marijke

Tara said...

love these flowers!

Jaymi said...

beautiful! I love the 5th and 6th shots, great perspectives and focus!

Marion said...

Beautiful these flowers, thanks for sharing.
Best regards, Marion

Serendipity is Sweet said...

Love that pale soft color on the flower. Beautiful captures ;)

Valerie said...

Such a pretty collection of shots - thanks for sharing the gorgeous colours. p.s. I do hope you get to visit Tasmania - it is a photographer's paradise! (but then again, beauty of some kind surrounds us wherever we are, if we will but look for it).

thefisherlady said...

Are you the amazing gardener? These flowers from your land are always exquisite!

lisa said...

What a gorgeous series of photographs this is, and how lucky you are to have all of this beautiful color now!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Once again, you have presented an awesome photo set. Great job!!!

Bethany said...

Such pretty shots!
Thanks for linking up to Observing beauty!

hannah said...

Oh how fine!
I'm getting more and more envious of the floral beauty surrounding you, especially in public places. No idea of most of these being native to your country. Thank your for making it visible to us.

Scott said...

I like these too. Very nice flower shots. Love the soft purple colors.

Barb said...

Miraculous indeed! and stunning photos!

Teenphotographer said...

Those are very pretty flowers. I got to your blog from a linky party. Anyway, check out my blog at:
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Lesley said...

Beautiful pictures as always! I seriouosly want to visit where you live. My husband just asked me when we are going. :)

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