Macricostas Preserve, Steep Rock. Washington, Connecticut. There’s a nice butterfly garden off the parking lot where we start the hike up to Waramaug Rock and we thought we’d shoot some flowers before setting off. Today was the hottest, muggiest and worst air we’ve felt all summer. This flower was the highlight of the day.
Amazing that this was shot with the PowerShot S100, handheld. It’s not a 5D and macro lens but it does a decent job.
The purple coneflower is also known as echinacea which is sometimes used as a natural antibiotic and immune system stimulator. Whatever you use it for, these plants are beautiful and a joy to photograph.
Warren, Connecticut. After our globe thistle session Gary and I drove down the road to Zarinna’s house to photograph her unusual coneflowers. Many of them were going by and their petals were shrinking but that made them all the more interesting.
Warren, Connecticut. I just can’t resist coneflowers (echinacea), they’re so dramatic, colorful, photogenic. I wonder what makes a flower photogenic, or, better, I wonder if the same things that attract us to flowers also attract bees and other insects? If I were a bee, I’d be all over these stamen.
New Milford, Connecticut. We were having dinner at a friend’s house and she had to water some plants for some people on her road who were out of town. She said to come along and bring my camera because they had a great flower garden and oh boy, did they ever. The place used to be Isaac Stern’s country house but had since passed to another family after his death. Thinking of his playing (I’ve seen him play) coupled with the thought of him sitting in this most excellent flower garden gave me goosebumps. I love the purple coneflower and will forever associate it’s soaring shape with his amazing music.