Opening Time

A passion in the making!


Hitherto unvisited, this is about as mint a condition as one could possibly hope for!


The yellow bits (the pollen) actually turn over on their pods during the opening process until they are all facing downwards when the flower is fully open!


As you can see, at this stage (half open), some of the pods are already down while others are still thinking about it - note that the pollen is still intact!


Once down, they can swivel round in a full circle and "open" like swing doors when the larger pollinators (bees, for example) "brush" by, inadvertently collecting the pollen!


I hasten to add that I am by no means an expert. I simply deduced what I have said from what I actually saw when I took the photo.


These are truly fascinating flowers and I think very photogenic which for me and my little hand-held, point-and-shoot camera is a blessing!


Here is a link to a more mature version of the same flower for comparison.


Reached #8 in Explore. Thank you all for that! Merci à tous et à toutes! ;-)


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Taken on June 25, 2006