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July 8, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Opening in the Sun

Purple Cornflower Beginning Its Bloom

A pale purple coneflower just beginning to open.

This plant is common in Wisconsin and found in dry prairies and open savannas from Nebraska and Iowa east to Arkansas and Indiana. Farther east, it is seen occasionnally usually an escape from cultivation. Illegal digging represents a major threat to this plant in some regions.


  1. Joanna Young / Jul 8 2008 3:03 am

    Lovely picture – and a powerful metaphor too 🙂


  2. Anna Surface / Jul 8 2008 8:30 am

    Great capture as details are so very sharp. I love the ‘hairy’ stem and spikey coneflower. 🙂

  3. visuallens / Jul 8 2008 9:10 am

    colorful and lovely picture of coneflower

  4. montucky / Jul 8 2008 10:31 am

    Those are so beautiful! That’s one I wish we had here!

  5. Chris Osborne / Jul 8 2008 10:33 am

    You’ve captured this well. I like how you got the tip and under colors of the middle part of the flower.

  6. Gandalf / Jul 8 2008 12:55 pm

    This is an unusual shot of a cone flower. Most of the time you see the fully mature bloom. It’s very interesting to see the nascent bloom. Beautiful detail.

  7. Robin / Jul 8 2008 1:59 pm

    Very pretty. You have a wonderful talent for capturing flowers. You make them look so magical. 🙂

  8. Bernie Kasper / Jul 11 2008 11:19 am

    Beautiful Bo !!

  9. jeanabaena / Jul 12 2008 9:04 am

    i like the pop of color and the spikes on the stem!

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