“Poinsettia – A Closer Look”

“Poinsettia - A Closer Look”

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

I could not resist taking a closer look at this poinsettia. As a child I’d often look at them, marvelling at the bright red petals, that are actually leaves, rather bracts (modified leaves), as they transition to green further down the plant. Then there are the actual flowers, which are the bright yellow part in the centre. It seems that when the light hits them just right, they seem to be almost metallic.

So, to be able to photograph this view is a real joy for me. It allows me to really see the complex structures and wonderful texture in the leaves. All the details are here to look at and enjoy.

There is a really good chance this image might just be my 2016 Christmas card.

Nikon D800
Nikor 24-70mm f/3.5-4.6 @ @ 70 mm
1.3 sec, f/29.0, ISO 200

Hi Resolution image on 500px

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8 Comments on ““Poinsettia – A Closer Look”

  1. Lovely shot. It will make a perfect Christmas Card. 🙂
    My Mum always had a “Christmas Rose” each Christmas. My poinsettia in my garden here in Cape Town is looking a little threadbare at the moment, but will be in full flower in January. 🙂

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