Wordless Wednesday – All the colours of a starry night sky


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


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


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


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


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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