I photographed this flower today at the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum. It is a Western Australia Coneflower of the Proteaceae genus, specifically Isopogan Formosos.
Check out some other pictures I took in the same session.
I think this flower looks like a wonderful fiber construction. Here’s another photo:
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By the way, I come by having an eye for fiber constructions (in flowers or otherwise) honestly: my mother Virginia Davis makes them.
This flower was sitting on top of a hill between the Fragrance Garden and the rhododendron section. We couldn’t figure out how to find the path to get up it, and had almost given up. But Julian insisted we go back and climb the hill. I’m glad we did.
I’m afraid all the photography was a bit boring for Julian after a while (although he took hundreds of photos himself). But he was a sport.
After photographing, we had a late lunch of Dim Sum at Ton Kiang, and Julian dictated a story to me:
Julian and Harold went to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Then they found a secret, magical entrance. Julian found a rusty key. He tried it in the lock. The lock opened.
Then Harold and Julian went in. They found themselves in Narnia.
There were beautiful flowers and Harold photographed them.
The dictation ended in a ravenous orgy of potstickers and pork buns.