19 February 2011

Capturing Zinnias


My workshop this Saturday was canceled at the last minute so I opted to accompany my sister Luchie to the market just outside the subdivision. I brought my camera just in case and decided to shoot the flowers along the main road while Luchie went ahead to the market. The flowers are so beautiful but in a wide open space people hardly recognize them not unless these people love flowers like I do. Cars and people were more curious about the sight of this silly person shooting like mad and gushing excitedly at such wonderful blooms. Oh, forget the hot sunny morning and the threat of mosquitoes (I forgot to apply insect repellent on my skin) and the fact that I have to hurry and catch Luchie at the market (I promised to help her carry her stuff) but I rushed through the shooting session and caught Luchie just in time. . . I featured these Zinnias before. They seem to bloom all year round along the main avenue of our subdivision.

Before the flower opens up:


And it unfolds in different colors and variety!
From a two-toned orangey-pink:


. . . to vivid pink:


. . . to white:


To a brilliant red:


And in dazzling orange!


And when the petals fell off, the center part dries up!


But I am sure it will grow back and repeat such dazzling display.
As I am sure I will be back to marvel at them!


My flowery Saturday I share with Maia at MacroFlowersSaturday, and for Beverly's PinkSaturday, and Today'sFlowers of Santilli, Denise, Pupo and Sandy. My previous posts without flower names were identified by readers and I updated most of them with their proper names! I will display their links at my sidebar soon! Now I'm off to view your flowers and stories!

19 comments:

Leovi said...

excellent quality and color tones

Judy said...

zinnias are such sturdy little flowers! a real workhorse in the garden! i have never heard of them blooming all year round!

Beverly said...

Welcome to Pink Saturday. I am so glad you joined us, and I hope you will continue.

Your photos are stunning. I love zinnias. My mother always planted them when I was a little girl.

Y. Ikeda said...

What an exquisite flowers and I miss lovely weather like that...
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.
Yoshi

http://graceolsson.com/blog said...

lUI, i LOVE THE SPARKLES...GREAT

NICE DAY, SWWTIE
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Maia said...

They are so colorful and easy to grow flowers.
Your pictures turned out to be excellent with all the hurry. The orange one is breathtaking but so are the pink and the white too.
Have a beautiful Sunday!

Titania said...

Hi Lui, Zinnias in all colours and sizes are some of my favourite annuals. They create such a prominently, happy display. These grow also very well in a very cold climate but only in summer time. Here, in the subtropics they do well in winter.

Donnie said...

I always hear to stop and smell the roses but now it could be stop to shoot the zinnias. Very pretty.

Johnny Nutcase said...

ohh so pretty! such nice light too!

Jama said...

Zinnias are such a delight to see. I'm like you , can never resist taking photos of flowers , don't really care if people look at me and wonder why...

Regina said...

How vibrant! Love them!
Have a wonderful new week Lui.
xo

" Regina

AL said...

If it's me who caught that silly person shooting at those lovely blooms, I might join that silly person. Lovely flowers!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful flowers, lovely colors.

chubskulit said...

So pretty!

Blooms of Syclamen, have a blessed Sunday!

Amisha said...

Lovely blooms and pics!

Luna Miranda said...

this must be a lovely part of your street..lots of flowers and greens. marvelous shots.

http://savorthebite.blogspot.com/2011/02/todays-flowers-29-pink-lantana.html

Pat - Arkansas said...

Zinnias are relatively easy to grow, and I love their bright colors. Did I have any in my garden last year? No. That will change. I very much enjoyed your lovely photos. Thanks for the inspiration to have Zinnias in my garden this year.

guild-rez said...

Great pictures!!
Zinnias seem especially favoured by butterflies, and many gardeners add zinnias specifically to attract them.
The name of the genus derives from the German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727–1759).

Míriam Luiza said...

Lindas imagens!