Another photo from Olbrich Botanical Gardens. I can’t seem to stay away from those gardens. Though I must admit, the red-winged blackbirds were not very happy to see me. It appears they have nests throughout the rock garden, and when I ventured a bit too close I was rewarded with an angry swooshing at my head. Three swooshes to be exact. Blackbirds aren’t a bit cowardly, I will admit, when they feel their young may be at risk. Glad I was wearing a hat!

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  1. That’s an elegant photo Bo! Keep ducking and shooting!

  2. The light is fabulous on this phot

  3. This is gorgeous. I really like the lighting and detail. 🙂

  4. Lovely….

  5. suehenryphotography says:

    How I wish we had a botanical garden close by. *sigh* Such wonderful photo opportunities! And you are getting some wonderful images from your visits to the gardens!!!

  6. those burnt orange colors are so nice…I love them against the muted greens. I like how the light is hitting the back row of petals showing off a lighter color. Such a beautiful shot!

  7. Gandalf says:

    Beautiful flower. What kind is it?

  8. beautiful color and textures

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