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I found this purple Alpine Aster (Aster alpinus) alongside Canyon Creek, in the Flathead Valley of NW Montana (USA). I liked the way the little bud seemed to be riding “piggyback” on the open flower.
“Aster alpinus (Alpine aster) is an ornamental plant native to Canada and the United States. It grows to be about 6-12 inches (15-30 cm). The bloom color may be pink, violet/lavender, dark purple/black, or white/near white and may bloom in late spring/early summer or, occasionally, midsummer. It is herbaceous and attractive to bees, butterflies, and birds. It is said to grow in Juneau, Alaska; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Hampton, Georgia; Grand Haven, Michigan; Grove City, Ohio; Barto, Pennsylvania; and Lafayette, Tennessee regions. It does better in generally cooler climates.”
Taken with the macro lens on a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera, in August, 2010. Contrast adjustment and cropping were done in Photoshop CS.
- Kathleen -
8/6/10 – Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT Group.