a yellow magellan zinnia flower upclose. the petals are fully open but the petals at the center of the flower head do have slight curved cup like shape
a yellow magellan zinnia flower upclose. the petals are fully open but the petals at the center of the flower head do have slight curved cup like shape
a two part image. the foreground features a green flower bud of an unbloom zinnia. it is backed by green leafs. in the background are two yellow zinnia flowers that have blossomed. the green bud in the foreground is clear and crisp and the flowers in the background are blurred.
a two part image. the foreground features a green flower bud of an unbloom zinnia. it is backed by green leafs. in the background are two yellow zinnia flowers that have blossomed. the green bud in the foreground is clear and crisp and the flowers in the background are blurred.
an upclose view of a pink magellan zinnia. the majority of the flower is light hot pink, but the central portion features tubular petals that are slightly yellow and red. these may be where the polen is located.
an upclose view of a pink magellan zinnia. the majority of the flower is light hot pink, but the central portion features tubular petals that are slightly yellow and red. these may be where the polen is located.
free_butterfly
A light brown or tan butterfly sits on a yellow zinnia. the butterfly’s wings are fully open revealing a unique pattern. Close to the head on the upper wing are two orange vertical stripes with black outlines. on the outer part of the upper wing are two circles. One is larger than the other and the are both black with organge outlines. The lower wing features similar two circles but part of the wing is orange in color instead of black. there are some white portions of the upper wing.
floral_merigoround
A close up view of a budding zinnia flower. The bud has just opened and there are yellowish pink tubular petals that are standing straight up. At the central part of the bud are small red hairlike tubes.
A light brown or tan butterfly sits on an orange magellan zinnia. the butterfly's wings are partially closed and there are two long antenna extended from the head. The wings have two circles. One is larger than the other and they are both black with orange outlines. Part wing is orange in color near the edges.
A light brown or tan butterfly sits on an orange magellan zinnia. the butterfly’s wings are partially closed and there are two long antenna extended from the head. The wings have two circles. One is larger than the other and they are both black with orange outlines. Part wing is orange in color near the edges.
butterfly_open
A light brown or tan butterfly sits on green leaves. The butterfly’s wings are fully open. Close to the head on the upper wing are two orange vertical stripes with black outlines. on the outer part of the upper wing are two circles. One is larger than the other and they are both black with orange outlines. The lower wing features similar two circles but part of the wing is orange in color instead of black. there are some white portions of the upper wing. Two antenna extend from the head. There is a purplelish flower bud in background that is blurred in the image.
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A two part image. In the foreground, there is a light green leaf pointed upward in the image. In the next layer in the background, there is a small bee on a newly emerging yellow zinnia flower head. There are approximately six yellow petals radiating from the red central bud. The bud features little yellow stamins or pollen producers.

 

Camera: DSLR Nikon D3100

Lens: AF-S Nikkor Micro 40mm

Weather: Sunny

Butterfly: Junonia Coenia  or Common Buckeye

Flower: Magellan Zinnia

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It was a real treat to have the butterflies and bees come for a special photo opportunity. Zinnias really bring out the best in nature.