This is my submission for Patti’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #33: Nature.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
Continue my Amaryllis story… Amaryllis amazes me! I may make a fool of myself here, but before you laugh too loud, please remember this is my very first Amaryllis plant. 😉
First, I googled and read about Amaryllis. From eHow…
Each stem may hold a single bloom or a cluster of two or three (one other article says 3 or 4) blooms which project outward. They are large and trumpet-shaped, each made of six radiating and overlapping petals.
Mine has 4 blooms — I was very happy. Six petals — yes! But I didn’t see them project outward (see above photo). If they stay the way they were, how could 4 large flowers share such a small space?
Not to worry… a few hours later (to my surprise) all 4 flowers were no longer pointing upward – they projected outward! It was a 90-degree turn!
One flower bud, however, was squeezed between a leaf and a stem. I tried to guide the leaf away without breaking it, but it wouldn’t budge.
To my surprise (again), that particular one grew and grew.
Seeing two stems grow from the center of the bulb, I had another concern: if both stems grew to the same height, we (it?) would still have the space issue, wouldn’t it?
Apparently, Amaryllis (Nature) knows what it is doing. One stem is taller!
I see an artist, a computer programmer, an architect… in it. I am amazed. Finally…
Colors are the smiles of nature. –Leigh Hunt
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