Sunshine (Black Eyed Susans) by rocamiadesign

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It was drizzly and miserable on the morning that we left for our trip back to Montana. I went for a walk, while Shaun and Ann were packing the car, and came across these beautiful, colorful flowers, which were like rays of sunshine on that gray morning. One of the things I love the most about Port Townsend, aside from the Victorian homes, is the abundance and variety of flowers. This is an artist community and the homeowners take their landscaping seriously.

I think this is a Sunflower (Black Eyed Susan), which I found near my niece’s house in Port Townsend, Washington (USA).

[Edit – September 16] My sister just commented on this photo on my RedBubble feed at FaceBook, saying that the flower is a Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta).]

- Kathleen -

Photo taken in September, 2010, with a Kodak EasyShare Z712 IS camera. I discovered a second macro lens setting on my camera that is better with detail and more forgiving when I don’t have a tripod handy.

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[From the wikipedia article]

Rudbeckia hirta, the Black-eyed Susan, with the other common names of: Brown-eyed Susan, Blackiehead, Brown Betty, Brown Daisy (Rudbeckia triloba), Gloriosa Daisy, Golden Jerusalem, Poorland Daisy, Yellow Daisy, and Yellow Ox-eye Daisy. It is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is an upright annual (sometimes biennial or perennial) native to most of North America, and is one of a number of plants with the common name Black-eyed Susan with flowers having dark purplish brown centers.

The roots but not seedheads of Rudbeckia hirta can be used much like the related Echinacea purpurea. It is an astringent used as in a warm infusion as a wash for sores and swellings. The Ojibwa used it as a poultice for snake bites and to make an infusion for treating colds and worms in children. The plant is diuretic and was used by the Menominee and Potawatomi. Juice from the roots had been used as drops for earaches.

The plant contains anthocyanins.

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garden beauty, kathleen emerson, purpledisk sunflower, roca mia design, sunshine, ftrd2010, ftrd2011, ftrd2012

Comments

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    This is gorgeous Kathleen. Splendid capture.

  • Thanks, Bunny! I haven’t done well in the past with flower photos, but I’m pleased with the way this came out.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Corri Gryting Gutzman
    Corri Gryting ...about 4 years ago

    I almost started to type “This is gorgeous!”
    But then I saw the comment above.
    It IS GORGEOUS. So I will tell you why. I love the contrasts and the composition. I expecially love the way the flowers angle away from the bottom left corner, and the way petals seem to glisten with the moisture from a damp day. Love it.

  • Thank you very much, Corri! I took several shots of these flowers, but the angle of the flowers made me choose this one. The day was definitely very damp. I think my clothes are still drying out.

    – rocamiadesign

  • Jane Brack
    Jane Brackabout 4 years ago

    How does that happen anyway? Sometimes I repeat or others repeat EXACTLY what I say! I suppose that it’s because we’re all thinking the same thing! This is GORGEOUS!! :) Beautiful in every way!

  • Thank you so much, Jane! I am honored that you like this.

    I have the same problem, when commenting on images. I think I have the perfect comment and then see that the person above me has already said it. It’s frustrating, because I have so much trouble expressing the way an image makes me feel. I can talk about anything else, but the words get stuck in my fingers when I want to write about an image.

    – rocamiadesign

  • wolfepaw
    wolfepawabout 4 years ago

    Spectacular, Kathleen! This would make a lovely card.

  • Thank you!

    – rocamiadesign

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2about 4 years ago

    PS. Sorry about the double banner!!!! LOL

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    Please delete the above entry!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you! I just deleted the other comment. It’s a good thing I noticed this one, because I was about to post the flower name in my comments. I find myself sometimes posting weird things on artworks, when I’m trying to place banners. I go back and forth between watching TV shows online and doing group moderation and have posted links to videos instead of the group banner.

    – rocamiadesign

  • bevanimage
    bevanimageabout 4 years ago

    Glorious, sunny and bright, Kathleen!

  • Kim McClain Gregal
    Kim McClain Gr...about 4 years ago

    Beautifully done!

  • Aj Finan
    Aj Finanabout 4 years ago

    Lovely image, great for a card :))

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    lovely shot

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