Blue twins (Gilia capitata)

Celeste Mookherjee

Lakewood, United States

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Globe gilia/Bluehead gilia (Gilia capitata), a dicot, is an annual herb that is native to California and also found outside of California but is confined to western North America. It is a member of the phlox family, and its native habitat consists of open, dry slopes and chaparral banks below 6000 feet.

Flowers that are out of focus in the background are California poppies (Eschscholzia californica – orange) and Coastal tidytips (Layia platyglossa – yellow and white). Photographed at Prisk Native Garden (Long Beach, California, USA), a small environmental nature center that is designated a Schoolyard Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. This learning center, now in its 21st year, is devoted exclusively to the richness of California native flora (and some fauna). It is open to the public just once a year; the 2016 open house was my third visit. (Olympus E-5 & Zuiko 70-300mm zoom at 252mm [504mm in full-frame 35mm equivalent], f/8, 1/320 sec., ISO 640, filtered afternoon sun, handheld; minimal processing)

Top 10 (3rd Place) in “The Letter G” in Wildflowers of the World group (July 2017)
Top 10 in “Two of a Kind” challenge in Wildflowers of North America group (July 2016)
Top 10 (2nd Place) in “Round or Ball Flowers” challenge in Wildflowers of the World group (July 2016)

Featured in Wildflowers of the World (10 December 2016)
Featured in Spring Glorious Spring (30 August 2016)
Featured in All Things Twin (29 July 2016)
Featured in Fabulous Women Photographers (7 July 2016)
Featured in Wildflowers of North America (7 July 2016)
Featured in Everyday Women (7 July 2016)

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