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Bird of paradise flower

bird of paradise flowerLast week one of them bloomed in my parents’ garden. I decided to take some photos – reluctantly. The reason is that I tried last year to photograph the flower and I didn’t like the pictures. Maybe I wanted something different… But I think now I found what I was looking for. Close up shots, different angles and more creativity! I was satisfied with the result!

Some information about the Bird of Paradise flower

The bird of paradise is one of the most beautiful exotic flowers,  native to South Africa. They  bloom from September through May.

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A common name of the genus Strelitzia, is bird of paradise flower/plant, because of a resemblance of its flowers to birds of paradise. The genus is named after the Duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, birthplace of Queen Charlotte of the United Kingdom.

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In South Africa it is commonly known as a crane flower and is featured on the reverse of the 50 cent coin. It is also the floral emblem of the City of Los Angeles.  (source: Wikipedia)

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Agapanthus flower

On a warm Summer day, this purple flower bud, which you can see in the photo below,  began to  bloom in my mom’s garden.  As always, I didn’t know the name of the flower, so I made a little search!
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Here is what I found out

The flower is called ‘Agapanthus’ which means flower of love, from the Greek agape, meaning love, and anthos, meaning flower.

Agapanthus is also commonly known as  Lily of the Nile,  African Blue Lily, and African Lily. It origins from South Africa. There are now more varieties of this genus than ever before.  Agapanthus flowers bloom in large, round clusters or umbels of blue, white or violet-blue.

It is built to withstand even the toughest summer conditions. It is a common garden plant, easily grown even in coastal areas – especially if the plant is well watered and it flowers in summer.

flower_white_agapanthusI spent a lot of time shooting the agapanthus flowers. I started capturing their progression from when they were small buds and I continued shooting them as they grew. These flowers have a slow and steady blooming progress, so it took me a few days to fully seize their evolve to their fullest.

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