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9/11/10 – Featured in the ALL THINGS IN THE NATURAL WORLD Group.
9/13/10 – Featured in the WHERE ON EARTH IS THIS? Group (formerly “What on Earth Is This?”).
9/18/10 – Featured in the FREEDOM IN WORDS AND ART Group.
9/18/10 – Featured in THE WORLD AS WE SEE IT Group.
12/15/10 – Featured in the SHAPES AND PATTERNS Group.
2/10/11 – Featured in the FEELIN’ GOOD! Group.
6/5/11 – Featured in the SAFE HAVEN Group.
6/15/11 – Featured in the FIERY HOT COLORS Group.
6/17/11 – Used as the AVATAR for the Summer Love challenge, hosted by the Fiery Hot Colors group.
10/12/11 – Featured in the FEATURED FOR A CHALLENGE Group.
11/14/11 – Featured in the FLOWERS – FRUITS – BERRIES & VEGETABLES Group.
2/24/12 – Featured in the WILDFLOWERS OF NORTH AMERICA Group.
2/6/11 – TOP TEN WINNER in the Beat the Winter Blues challenge, hosted by the Feelin’ Good! group.
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).]
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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.