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04 October 2008

Bluecurls!

These may just be my all-time, number one, most favouritest flower ever. I was so tickled when I discovered them in our yard several years ago. The past 2-3 years, they've moved into my rose garden and they're quite welcome to stay as long as they like.

Yesterday morning I renewed my quest for a really good shot of these tiny blossoms. And I think I've finally done it. I do believe these are my best efforts so far. And they've inspired me to get out there again tomorrow and see if I can't do better.

Lovely, aren't they? And they attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds! The perfect flower! It's a member of the mint family and supposedly has some herbal value. I'll need to research that as well as bluecurl honey. Hmmm...

Do click for the larger view.

8 comments:

Floridacracker said...

It was a blue curl photo that first wowed me with your photo skills a few years ago Sophie. Anyone who knows this tiny flower knows it's tough to get sharp photos of the little rascals.
You are the blue curl master!

I found a 20 acre cutover field full of blazing star yesterday and over the weekend I'm going to try and capture it for a post.
Just a see of purple.
Amazing.

Floridacracker said...

"sea"
oops.

SwampAngel65 said...

Oh, they are so pretty! I haven't seen them down here, so I guess they're a northern thing?

Hopefully I'll be going to get a new camera today...nothing fancy (can't afford that!)but anything is better than nothing!

Baker Watson said...

That is a beautiful little flower without a doubt. And it certainly doesn't conform to the symmetrical features seen in so many decorative flowers. Quite interesting and a wonderful color.

Baker

SophieMae said...

Gosh, thanks bunches, FC! I need to check whether it's one word or 2. Reliable sources can't seem to agree. I can't wait to see your sea of purple!

SwampAngel, according to my field guide and favourite online source, they're found throughout the state. I only learned about them about 10 years ago, then it took me a while to find one.

Baker, no matter how many I see, I still get excited every time. Yes, wonderful colour, indeed!

Meems said...

Blue curl. Perfect name. Perfect photo that last one. I remember your captures last year of this lovely rose garden replacement. You have outdone yourself, my dear.
Meems @Hoe&Shovel

Kathy C. said...

Those are beautiful. Are they wild, or can they be purchased? Are they native to Fl?

Patricia said...

Gorgeous! Sophie, those are amazing photographs of such a tiny flower.