Bird of Paradise
Flowers are one of my favorite photography subjects. They provide an infinite variety of appealing color and form. This exotic beauty was photographed at a botanical garden. This is the bloom of the Bird-of-Paradise plant; also known as the crane flower.
Bird-of-paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is a native of South Africa and is closely related to the banana plant. The name is derived from the unique flower it bears. Some say it resembles a brightly colored bird in flight. I think it more resembles the bird’s head with a colorful plumage crest. Either way, it is a striking and unusual flower.
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