Zinnias are another of those stunning flowers which I had somehow ignored for years. It wasn't until I saw some beautiful images of them on blogs in recent months that I woke up to these beauties. I bought a packet of seeds and have been excitedly watching the plants grow and come into bloom.
Here is (hopefully) an "animation" of one flower's opening over the last 10 days, one shot per day except a missing day between images 2 and 3. I have been fascinated at how the "petals" continue to grown size after opening with more springing forth each day to make a more complex flower over time. I suspect this flower has a even more growing until it is complete, but couldn't wait any longer to share it with you.
Ok, well that didn't work quite as well as I had hoped....but if you click on the bottom photo the animation (not very good definition) will begin.
I have just reposted these photos "normally" in a fresh post so you can have a better look.