Balloonflowers © 2008

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 unopened 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

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

love, too, bursts forth in all its glory.

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

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

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

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

  5. 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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