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Florida Mangrove
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Bumble Bee Buzz

This Day Lily with bee photo was taken at the Boerner Botanical gardens in Milwaukee. The Bumble bee lives in underground colonies with anywhere from 50 to 500 individuals. The buzzing sound you hear when they are on flowers is them vibrating by shivering their flight muscles at particular frequencies to help dislodge pollen from the anthers of flowers.
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Purple Coneflower

With Wisconsin visitor
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Rose Shrub

California Coast
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Yellow daylily

Wisconsin
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Orchid

Orchids are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. There are over 28,000 currently accepted species of orchids and horticulturists have produced more than 100,000 hybrids. The number of orchid species is nearly equal to the number of bony fishes, more than twice the number of bird species, and about four times the number of mammal species. (Wikipedia)
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Lillies

From my mother's garden in Wisconsin
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White Pocket

White Pocket is a National Monument in Utah and also an appropriate name for this photo. Like many National Monuments out her, there are no amenities such as water, toilets or camping sites and the roads require a capable vehicle.
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Zinnias

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Bird of Paradise

Desert Bird of Paradise. Can grow as tall as 13 feet as a shrub or trimmed to a tree shape.
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Cosmos

Boerner Botanical Gardens
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Leucospermum

Saw it at a farmers market in So California. The guy had buckets of the most exotic cut flowers I've ever seen.
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Black-eyed susan

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Fragrant water-lily

Took this at a botanical garden in Milwaukee. It was an overcast day making the water look almost black which is a nice background for the lily to show off its color. Its found in permanent slow moving waters throughout North America where it ranges from Central America to northern Canada as well as Brazil.
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Argentine cactus

Argentine cactus blooms throughout the day and night with spectacularly large 8" flowers. While the blooms only last 36-48 hours, they are splendid enough to attract eager pollinators during the night, which include bats and moths.
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White Hibiscus

Soft red and white in the shadows.
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Orchids

Walking around experimenting with my black & white camera I took this photo of deep blue almost purple orchids growing in deep shade.
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Joshua Tree

It is native to the arid Southwestern United States, specifically California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. Based on growth estimates this 8 foot tree is 150-200 years old. If it survives the rigors of the desert, it can live for hundreds of years; some specimens survive a thousand years.
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Shallow Water

Walking on the reef at low tide. The depth here is just a few inches which reveals water plants.
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Hibiscus

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Garden Fireworks

Took this in my mother's garden.
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Pretty Bird

Bird of Paradise on a walk in Pacific Grove CA
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Barbados lily

Wisconsin
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Dahlia

Wisconsin
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Purple Coneflower

with big bee
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Moms Garden

I'm not sure what type of plant it is but I like the way the yellow flower contrasts everything else.
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Cardinal Flower

Wisconsin
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Dense Blazing Star

Wisconsin
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Black-eyed Susan

Wisconsin
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Claret Cup Cactus

Grows quite easily is SW Utah
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Dahlia

Wisconsin
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Full Sun

I was in a field with thousands of sunflowers. I found it interesting the number of insects that were in and around them making the field buzz.
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Lily

Wisconsin Orange Lily
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Hibiscus

I took this hibiscus photo in Key West where as most places in the tropics they grow quite easily and in lots of colors.
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Dahlia

Most likely....
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Beautiful Lines

More of natures perfect design work
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Orange Daylily

Wisconsin
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Lily Art

Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee has a large variety of whatever is in bloom when you visit.
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Black-eyed Susan

Wisconsin
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White Hibiscus – WI

Took this photo in my mother's garden in Wisconsin
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Horseshoe geranium

Wisconsin
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Canna Indian Shot

Taken at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee. Leica 24-90 76mm f5.6 1/25
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Sunrise

Sunflower farm in Wisconsin.
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Rudbeckia

Wisconsin
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Zinnia

Friends garden in WI
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Hibiscus

Flowers are 8-10" wide and only last one day.
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10,000′ Wildflower

Not sure what it is but it was growing in a dark forest at 10,000 feet.
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Thistle

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Daylily

And a friend, of sorts, I guess.
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Silver Bismarck

The palm, common in Florida, grows slowly to 30 feet or more...and each thick, fan-shaped frond can reach 10 feet in diameter.
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Orchid

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Prickly Pear Cactus

A beauty and a beast, prickly pear is beloved for its blossoms and feared for its vicious spines. Its yellow, red, and orange cup-shape flowers last just one day, but a large clump of prickly pears will bloom for several weeks in summer, providing delicate beauty among the thorns. If you break off an "ear" and simply push it into the ground it will grow roots allowing a new plant will form.
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Pacific Grove CA

I don't know what this plant is but the color and size really caught my eye.
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Black-eyed Susan

Wisconsin
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In a dark woods

In July (10,500 feet) went to Cedar Breaks National Monument for the spring wildflower bloom. Due to low snowfall and rain the fields were pretty sparse but walking through the trees there were many flowers of different types. This is an Indian Paintbrush.
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Delphinium

Took this photo in my mother's garden in Wisconsin.
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Determination

Walking through the Botanical Gardens in Salt Lake City on a day the air was thick with smog this one brilliant flower said "photograph me". In my home I print, frame and hang photos. I change them all out 1x a year as a form of redecorating. I happen to have this photo hanging on my wall and it's always an eye catcher when I walk by.
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Simple Sea Grass

Walking on the Florida Keys reef at low tide in 4-10 inches of water one...
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Busy Bee

My mother in Wisconsin has quite the elaborate perennial garden. Every summer I really enjoy taking photos of the color, structure and sometimes the wildlife.
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Water Lily

Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee. This lily is a Nymphaea.
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Rudbeckia

If this is correct it's also called a Black-eyed Susan. I took the photo in Wisconsin.
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Argentine Giant Cactus

Argentine Giant Cactus - I took this photo in St George Utah in early May. Flowers are 8-10” wide. They bloom at night and only last one day.
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Birches

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Dry Stream Bed

Joined a photography club in Utah. One morning in White Pocket National Monument, Charles the club leader, yelled to me "look down" which I did but saw nothing but bare sandstone. I looked at him and again he yelled "just look down". So I pointed the camera in front of my feet and took a photo. He later explained most photographers are always looking up or out for a subject and walking past the down. From that day on, some of my (IMHO) more interesting photos are from also looking down.
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Zinnias

Zinnias are one of the easiest flowers to grow because seeds require only basic garden preparation to sprout and the plants flower in just a few weeks; they can flourish with very little fertilizer and still produce flowers.
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Simple Bouquets

At a farmers market the colors just caught my eye.
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Chinese Aster

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Rose with visitor

I wonder if it smells really good to the bee?
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Phlox

Wisconsin
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Perfection

Not sure what it is but the colors are striking. This was in my mothers Wisconsin garden.
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Lillies

Florida Water Lillies
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Gumbo Limbo Trees

These have since been downed by hurricane Irma
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Lillies are amazing plants

Bonita Springs FL Botanical Gardens
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Busy Bee

This is like taking a photo of a water scene and pretty boat happens to drift into the photo.
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Florida Mangrove

With their sturdy root system they help preserve shorelines during hurricanes. Very heavily protected plant.
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Old World Wisconsin

This garden and fence surround an original home built by German settlers in Wisconsin in 1860. The fence is made from woven branches without nails.
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Wisconsin Garden

Nature's Art
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Milkweed Pod

Waiting for the wind
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Fall Sumac

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Woodland Wildflowers

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Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise
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Bonita Springs

Botanical Gardens
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Orchids

Key West
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Mom’s Wisconsin Garden

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Sunflowers against an interesting sky

I took this photo on a sunflower farm outside Madison WI
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