Wordless Wednesday – All the colours of a starry night sky

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This is my favourite anemone right now: Anemone coronaria ‘Bordeaux’, instantly attractive with it’s slightly furry claret-coloured petals and lacy green collar

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When the flower opens the furrowed velvet petals beg to be touched, but it is that purple, iridescent centre that pulls my heart strings.

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If you look closely you can see the cause of the iridescence: diffraction grating fine wavy undulations at the base of the petals and on the anthers

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And a bit closer to see the cause of the interference patterns

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Then right down to the smutty dark purple central cone. Sigh!

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15 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – All the colours of a starry night sky

  1. Stunning photographs! Lovely colours and details.

  2. susurrus says:

    Wow! Beautiful and velvety – they just kept getting more and more interesting.

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Gorgeous! Great detailed shots, too.

  4. Val says:

    I wondered if you were going deeper and deeper and would come out in a different dimension! The ones you did go through are beautiful!

  5. Sue says:

    Fantastic photos, what a beautiful flower! They would certainly brighten up any garden.

  6. pbmgarden says:

    Ah that’s lovely. I have Bordeaux waiting to be planted. Hope it will survive and look like yours.

  7. Cathy says:

    Beautiful! Those colours are amazing close up!

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