Friday, October 5, 2007

The "Alien Bloom" Evolves

The day before yesterday was the day the "alien bloom" blossomed. The top photo shows the first section beginning to open. Amazing hairy little thing it is too ! The second photos shows the 'petals' beginning to curl back and the bottom photo is a close up of the center - which is actually quite lovely. If you have ever had the misfortune to smell a rotten piece of uncooked chicken - it is precisely what this plant smells like. Thankfully, one had to get quite close to it to detect the smell. I did as I took the macro shot of the center. After I took the photos I clipped the bloom off and left it outside - wondering if the crows would have any interest. They didn't ! Helen was away - and gave me permission to clip her blossom when the smell became too ripe ! None-the-less, it was a fascinating experience to watch this plant bloom. There surely must be a reason for the smell - though I can't figure it out. It is not like a Venus Fytrap - where the bloom attracts prey for food and then closes as it digests the hapless bug. Nature is, truly, the most amazing creator .... I am constantly in awe.

5 comments:

verobirdie said...

So bad for the smell, especially in an office ;-) The flower is beautiful though, so as was the bud.

Sue B said...

wow how cool! Maybe it smells so bad to keep the wildlife from eating it?

Waltraud said...

A wonderful flower - and here in the internet I can only see the beautiful colours and it does´t smell bad here.

Karoda said...

the visual texture is exquisite!

Exuberant Color said...

How can such a beautiful flower smell so bad? Can you do radiating circles like that with your felting or can't you pull the fibers that thin?

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