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Nature’s Valentine

A photo of flapjack succulent leaves from subtle hearts in time for Valentine's Day
Flapjack succulent leaves form subtle hearts in time for Valentine’s Day

 

Nature’s Valentine

I was walking through the garden with camera in hand, ignoring the weeds that were clambering up unattended pots, when I spotted it.

Nature sent me a valentine! The backside view of this flapjack succulent has the subtle form of Cupid’s target. What timing with Valentine’s Day only days away! I will now go out in the garden and look for more plants and leaves and flowers that reflect the holiday’s theme.

Since I’m already in love with nature, Cupid may fly off to find someone else who needs his magical love spell! It is a love we can all share!

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Powderpuff Pink Tassel-Flower

Pink Tassel-Flower (Calliandra surinamensis)
Pink Tassel-Flower (Calliandra surinamensis)

Pink Tassel-Flower (Calliandra surinamensis)

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The pink tassel-flower can look super charged with the right back light. It takes on an electrical aura thanks to its pollen-laden stamens that look more like fiber-optic cables in the right light.

I used a LensBaby to focus on only a few of the electric pink stamens to make a less traditional image of this hot-pink flowering shrub. As the light changed, I also photographed a more traditional image using the LensBaby.

This evergreen powderpuff shrub attracts butterflies like Giant Swallowtails, Zebras, and Peacocks. Even though it can grow to be 12 to 15 feet high with a 10 to 15-foot spread, it can also be used in bonsai.

Pink Tassel Flower at  Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach.
Pink Tassel Flower at Mounts Botanical Garden in West Palm Beach.