Dramatically lighted, multi-colored clouds against a foreground of green trees forms a landscape image in Florida
While it might seem like a simple cluster of bamboo trucks, it reflects a colorful asymmetrical design of nature
Who needs color when nature creates monochrome, mystic, landscape images in the fog!
Cape Marguerite Daisy and Garden Cosmos combine to form a spectacular color collage of nature. With this we end our extended series on flowers.
Wax begonia is a compact, mounded, succulent, and fibrous-rooted plant with fleshy stems and green to bronze leaves. Loose clusters of cymes in leaf axils, single or double and in various colors. Found these in Santa Monica, California.
Leucospermum ‘Scarlet Ribbon’ (Nodding Pincushion) – A dense compact shrub produces an abundance of 4 inch wide pincushion flowers. The multi-colored flower heads start a salmon pink color and then open to expose the orange-yellow perianth styles and shiny red tepals that look like ribbons. Captured in Santa Monica, California.
Mystic Illusion Dahlia has stunning dark foliage that is almost black in color. The bright yellow daisy looking flowers with expressive golden-brown eyes create a stunning contrast of color and texture.
Mountain Hydrangea lives up to its name. It shares the showy blooms and beautiful pink or purple color of big-leaf hydrangeas, but because it grows wild on the chilly mountain tops instead of the mild seaside, it naturally developed substantially better cold tolerance. The sturdy lacecap blooms will be bright pink or deep purple-blue, depending on your soil pH, and the handsome dark green foliage resists wilting. Found these in Blowing Rock, North Carolina.
A tropical vine with lots of color, Bougainvillea plants are tough as nails, which includes their nail-like thorns. These plants put on a spectacular show of color in spring on their fresh new growth. Bougainvillea is native to Central and South America and commonly cultivated in South Florida, Arizona, South Texas and Southern California. Here is a collection from Santa Monica, California.
A blend of colorful flowers helps to soften the concrete look of this condo complex in Santa Monica, California
Marguerite daisies can grow up to three feet tall with green foliage and a shrubby appearance, which makes them ideal for mass planting. Flower colors range from pure white to pink to bright yellow with a brown or yellow center. Found these in Santa Monica, California.
A collection of flowers of similar colors spotted in Santa Monica, California
The temperate climate of Southern California, especially around Santa Monica, allows growing of a variety of flowers. North Carolina is not far behind. Will be posting over the next few weeks images of flowers from Santa Monica and North Carolina.
Here is a collage of colorful roses ……
A colorful umbrella provides a resting place on a cloudy day at Santa Monica State Beach, California
Colors on a hazy day at the Santa Monica State Beach, California
Located just west of Downtown Los Angeles, the 3.5 mile Santa Monica beach is an iconic example of the famed beautiful beaches of Southern California.
The beach sign below has cutouts for the umbrella and the birds so that the colors change depending upon the shade of the sky in the background.
A colorful, shaded, resting place overlooking Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean in California
Man-made colors on the pier are enhanced by natural colors of the sky, clouds, ocean and even flowers on this home in Santa Monica, California
A colorful home stands in quite contrast to the plain one next door at Santa Monica Beach, California
It wasn’t only swans and irises at Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter, SC. Captured this squirrel posing on a tree branch showing off its wide open eyes and bushy tail. Colorful bokeh effect in the background.