I could have looked up the actual scientific or common name for this unusual flower, but I chose not to. Instead, as I tend to do on a semi-regular basis, I let my imagination take the helm and consider it an alien bloom, some space traveling spore seeking and eventually finding after countless light years life on Earth somewhat agreeable.
I found this exotic plant at San Francisco’s Botanical Gardens, a place well worth the visit especially if you can get there anytime in the first three to four months of the year when everything is at its riotous, bloom-tastic best!
Beyond the cool colors and jutting angles of this exceptional plant, what I came to appreciate most before raising my trusty Nikon to snap a photo was finding it off the beaten path, deeper in the wooded area then every other flower and plant in the entire botanical garden.
I have a feeling plant and flower placement in such a massive botanical garden have partly to do with the needs of the flora, optimal sun or shade; those kind of things. But what if this one multicolored beauty decided for itself just the right spot… to thrive?
… there’s a story in there somewhere…
K’lee L. © 2015