Featured in Blooms (All Seasons) on November 22nd, 2011.

A close-up of a great blanket flower taken at the Sofa Mountain Lookout in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta, Canada.

Canon EOS 50D
Focal length:85 mm
Exposure:1/500 at f/5.6
ISO: 100
No post-processing

Gaillardia aristata is a species of flowering plant in the sunflower family also known by the names common blanketflower and common gaillardia.

This wildflower is native to much of northern and western North America, where it grows in many habitats. It is also a widely cultivated garden flower. This is a perennial herb reaching maximum heights of anywhere between 20 and 70 centimeters. It has lance-shaped leaves near the base and several erect, naked stems holding the flowers. Each flower head has a center of brownish or reddish purple disc florets and a fringe of ray florets which are about one to three centimeters long and yellow to reddish with dark bases. The fruit is a stout, hairy achene which may be over a centimeter long including the long, spiky pappus.

I am an amateur photographer living in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

I enjoy photographing the wonders of the world around me; whether that means capturing images of animals and wildlife, scenic natural landscapes, or man-made wonders.

I travel all over Canada in pursuit of this passion and my dream is to one day be able to do this full-time.

Thank you for your interest in my work,
Alyce Taylor

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Alyce

  • Thanx Larry :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    This is such a cheerful shot, well taken

  • Thank you :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • Evita
    Evitaalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful work… Congratulations on your feature!!!
    Blooms Features November 23rd 2011

  • Thanx for the feature Evita :)

    – Alyce Taylor

  • jeanlphotos
    jeanlphotosalmost 3 years ago

    Well deserved Feature

  • Thank you Jean :)

    – Alyce Taylor

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