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Beauty in Death

Paradise Dies 3

The Bird of Paradise has flowered and now the flowers start a new type of beauty.  They die, shrivel,  yet they remain beautiful.

This is the first year this plant has flowered, and now that time has passed.

As one flower has died, another behind is still looking beautiful, though will join the death cycle soon.

I love Birds of Paradise, and I love them before they flower, as they flower and after they die.  They are such a beautiful, graceful plant.

  1. This was my mother’s favorite flower. An odd choice for someone who lives in Zone 6!

    December 1, 2011
    • Perhaps it was because she couldn’t really have one. It was one of the first plants I planted when we first moved in here 18 years ago. It did put on a spectacular display this year.

      December 1, 2011
  2. Really nice subject, works really well in black and white, great contrast.

    December 2, 2011
    • Thank you, it definitely worked better in black and white, you aren’t so distracted by the background. Thanks for dropping by.

      December 2, 2011
  3. obrienspix #

    The black n white really fits the “death” part. I have never seen this flower alive or dead for that matter.

    December 2, 2011
    • I thought so. These flowers are everywhere around here. I think they are originally from South Africa, but don’t quote me on it. I do know that they are not native to Australia.

      December 2, 2011
  4. Absolutely breathtaking…the first shot is my favorite.

    December 3, 2011

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