Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Sleeping Beauty - San Bernardino, California (April 2006)

California poppies apparently close up at dusk. Who knew?

I am very pleased with this photo. Simple yet profound.

Linnaeus's Floral Clock


Blogger Michael said...

How is it profound. It's a flower that closes at dusk. :-p

Monday, May 01, 2006  
Blogger An Enlightened Fellow said...

Well, I was referring to the photo itself, rather than the flower - the way the depth of field cuts across only the front edge of one petal. It could be a metaphor for so many things.

But what sort of mechanism do you suppose would enable a flower to open and close at certain times of day? I'd say nyctinasty and thermonasty are fairly profound, look them up. Plus, different flowers open at different specific hours, and way back in the day (1800s), Linnaeus had the idea to arranged plants in the order that they opened to make a floral clock. He may or may not have actually ended up planting a real floral clock, but it was still a profound idea. How cool would it be to be able to see that the marigolds were opening up so it must 10 o'clock? So there you go.

Monday, May 01, 2006  
Blogger danishmand said...

Morning glory are my favorite photosensitive flowers and i do believe there is something profound about them.
Belated Happy Birthday! blogspots were blocked here for about a month and so i could only post and not read. i hope you had a splendid birthday.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006  

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