Saturday, May 16, 2009

55/365 Heavy-headed poppy

This is just an ordinary (though beautiful) poppy, but in being backlit by sunlight, it reminds me of a collection of flames.

The petals of the flower are thin and delicate, but the bloom as a whole is so heavy I had to lift this up with one hand and hold my camera in the other.

That makes me curious: why would the flower not evolve with a sturdier stem to support such a heavy blossom?

Maybe it's on its way and I'm catching it in the middle of its progression toward improved design.

In the meantime, I don't mind giving it a little boost.

Camera: Canon 40D with 60mm macro lens, 1/250s, f/4 at ISO 200 at about 6:00 p.m.

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