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August 22, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Balloonflowers

Balloonflowers

Balloonflowers

This softly focused flower photo seems to capture the spirit of this flower for me. Soft and beguiling. The balloonflower, named after a balloon because the unopned flower looks like a tiny inflated balloon.

I wrote a poem, kinda clutzy, last summer about this flower.

Flower Balloon

garden plants, tightly closed bud,
blues burst forth, flower as the balloon pops open
hardy
long-lived
dependable

bursting balloons make children cry
and adults scrambling to dry flowing tears

not so in the garden

this flower makes me happy
reminding me of you
hardy
long-lived
dependable

love, too, bursts forth in all its glory.

5 Comments

  1. Gandalf / Aug 22 2008 9:36 am

    You capture such detail of the flower in this shot. It’s great.

    Your poem strikes a chord. Very interestng, very personal perhaps?

  2. montucky / Aug 22 2008 10:35 am

    That’s a beauty and an excellent photo too. There is a similarity to the Harebells that we have around here.

  3. Robin / Aug 22 2008 1:22 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a balloonflower. They’re gorgeous, as is your capture of them.

    I like your poem, too. 🙂

  4. Bo / Aug 22 2008 1:51 pm

    Hey, gandalf. All poetry is personal to the poet, whether it is or isn’t. 🙂

  5. Bo / Aug 22 2008 1:53 pm

    montucky – we have harebells too. this balloonflower has blossoms about twice the size of the harebells, so it does make a really awesome show.

    Robin – I’ll try to get a shot of the balloon of the flower. If you’ve never seen this flower, the closed balloonflower is pretty cool to see. Like a tiny hot air balloon in a way – all puffy.

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