Gloriosa Daisies

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(My co-worker just told me the flowers are Swamp Black-eyed Susans [or Swamp Coneflowers]. Basically rudbeckia maxima instead of rudbeckia hirta. Don’t think I’ll change the title of the post, though. I like it too much 8^).

I’m not totally sure what these flowers are, but I believe they’re Gloriosa Daisy hybrids – also called Indian Summer. A co-worker planted them right outside the office, and they’ve grown to be about four or five feet tall. In March, there’re just a bunch of burnt-looking seed heads left atop tall spindly stalks – but these shots are from last year. You might see a bee or butterfly, if you look carefully.

I seem to catch accidental glimpses of insects more often than not.

Can't see the bee for the trees.

Can’t see the bee for the trees.

There he is.

There he is.

(I really need to get a longer lens...)

(I really need to get a longer lens…)

Daisies and barbed wire.

Daisies and barbed wire.

I love backlighting.

I love backlighting.

Another butterfly hiding from me. Or the sun.

A butterfly hiding from me. Or the sun.

How did he find the shade with so much sunlight?

How did he find the shade with so much sunlight?

Reaching.

Reaching.

Tiny bee silhouette.

Tiny bee silhouette — upper right blossom.

Monochrome flora.

Monochrome flora.

Black-and-white flowers do have their charm.

Black-and-white flowers do have their charm.

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