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GLOW in the DARK… PROTEA
THE FLOWERS of SOUTH-AFRICA...
THANK YOU, IT'S A NEW DAY... PROTEA
'PINCUSHION' PROTEA EXOTICA..
BACK FROM SOUTH-AFRICA...
DOUBLE FUN, FLOWER-FIREWORKS...
DOUBLE FUN, MORE FLOWER-FIREWORKS...
A SECRET LANGUAGE... PROTEA
THE EXPLOSION… PROTEA
FESTIVE FLOWERWORKS, OF A YELLOW PROTEA...
FIERY FLOWERWORKS!
THE EMBRACE… PROTEA
THE GLORY OF THE PROTEA...
PROTEA 'pink ice' being PLAYFUL…
EXOTICA 3...PROTEA 'pink ice' ...
PROTEA EVERYWHERE...
THE KING!!! PROTEA CYNAROIDES.
LEUCOSPERMUM erubescens. THE REAL DEAL!

GLOW in the DARK… PROTEA

The Leucospermum 'Veld-fire' are proteas and are indigenous to South Africa. Some of the most spectacular species in the diverse vegetation are the proteas of the Cape region . Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes (SUIKERBOSSIE). It is the stiff protruding styles of the flowers which are the source of the common name "pincushion" for this genus. The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carolus Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms. Have a lovely day and as always, THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.com Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE FLOWERS of SOUTH-AFRICA...

#ABFAV_FAVOURITE_THINGS_THEME A pincushion Protea Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carolus Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms. Proteas attracted the attention of botanists visiting the Cape of Good Hope in the 1600s. Together with the Springbok Antelope, the Protea had been treated as a sometimes controversial national symbol in South Africa, both during and after apartheid. I photographed this in the studio, playing with lights yet again, flags and cutters... I wanted it to look like fireworks. Hope you enjoy it? Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS : www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THANK YOU, IT'S A NEW DAY... PROTEA

This is not a crop! A new composition in camera, MACRO I really wanted you to see the absolute delicate detail in this beauty! I can absolutely see why this is called the 'PINCUSHION' PROTEA. Die enige eg SUIKERBOSSIE (ZA). Protea flowers normally remain closed, (with the style curved, and the stigma within the mass of tepals), until an insect, bird, or rodent disturbs the flower. At that point, the flower snaps open, the style straightens and the stigma is held some distance above the bloom. Thanx for your visits and comments, greatly appreciated, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

'PINCUSHION' PROTEA EXOTICA..

I can absolutely see why this is called the 'PINCUSHION' PROTEA.
'Die enige eg SUIKERBOSSIE (ZA).'
The outside feels as it looks: waxy, but the inside is like down feathers...
They are so exotic to me, but where they grow they are just part of people's world, he?
Protea flowers normally remain closed, (with the style curved, and the stigma within the mass of tepals), until an insect, bird, or rodent disturbs the flower. At that point, the flower snaps open, the style straightens and the stigma is held some distance above the bloom. NATURE at it's VERY best!!!

Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished?
Thanx for your visits and comments, M, (*_*)
For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk

Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

BACK FROM SOUTH-AFRICA...

and HELLO! Back with thousands of images and millions of fantastic memories! Now, I have seen them where they grow... in the wild, in the Cape, on Table Mountain, AMAZING! I can absolutely see why this is called the 'PINCUSHION' PROTEA. 'Die enig eg SUIKERBOSSIE (in Afrikaans).' Sugar-bush... The outside feels as it looks: waxy, but the inside is like down feathers... They are so exotic to me, but where they grow they are just part of people's world, he? Protea flowers normally remain closed, (with the style curved, and the stigma within the mass of tepals), until an insect, bird, or rodent disturbs the flower. At that point, the flower snaps open, the style straightens and the stigma is held some distance above the bloom. NATURE at it's VERY best!!! Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? I hope you are all well and thanx for visiting, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DOUBLE FUN, FLOWER-FIREWORKS...

I wanted it to look like fireworks, because I celebrate: 1 year on 500 px! Paul was here first and had a tough time persuading me to also upload, now I'm glad I did, it's been good for me, opened up many more venues. To be AWESOME lets you make portfolios that are superb and work beautifully on Ipads... The Leucospermum 'Veldfire'(left) and Leucospermum cordifolium (right) are proteas and are indigenous to South Africa. Some of the most spectacular species in the diverse vegetation are the proteas of the Cape region . Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes (SUIKERBOSSIE). It is the stiff protruding styles of the flowers which are the source of the common name "pincushion" for this genus. The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carolus Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 THIS IS THE LATEST!!! NEW: Soul Flowers 2012 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? I wish you ALL the best and want to THANK YOU, because it is all who upload that make this work, by commenting and supporting, I've made new friends here... isn't it BRILLIANT? Love, Magda, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

DOUBLE FUN, MORE FLOWER-FIREWORKS...

The Leucospermum 'Veld-fire' are proteas and are indigenous to South Africa. Some of the most spectacular species in the diverse vegetation are the proteas of the Cape region . Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes (SUIKERBOSSIE). It is the stiff protruding styles of the flowers which are the source of the common name "pincushion" for this genus. The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carolus Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms. Have a lovely day and as always, THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

A SECRET LANGUAGE... PROTEA

A SECRET LANGUAGE... PROTEA It is (again) my imagination? Or are they having a conversation/exchange? Do you also see it? Protea flowers normally remain closed, (with the style curved, and the stigma within the mass of tepals), until an insect, bird, or rodent disturbs the flower. At that point, the flower snaps open, the style straightens and the stigma is held some distance above the bloom.Some of the most spectacular species in the diverse vegetation of the Cape region of South Africa are the proteas. Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. Hope you enjoy it? Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE EXPLOSION… PROTEA

Protea flowers normally remain closed, (with the style curved, and the stigma within the mass of tepals), until an insect, bird, or rodent disturbs the flower. At that point, the flower snaps open, the style straightens and the stigma is held some distance above the bloom. Read all about this amazing plant, this is the BEST article I've EVER come across on any flower: HERE Some of the most spectacular species in the diverse vegetation of the Cape region of South Africa are the proteas. Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carolus Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms. Proteas attracted the attention of botanists visiting the Cape of Good Hope in the 1600s. Together with the Springbok Antelope, the Protea had been treated as a sometimes controversial national symbol in South Africa, both during and after apartheid. I wanted it to look like fireworks. Hope you enjoy it? Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FESTIVE FLOWERWORKS, OF A YELLOW PROTEA...

...that thinks it is a fire-cracker? I photographed this in the studio, playing with lights yet again, flags and cutters... I wanted it to look like fireworks. Because today, I celebrate: 1 year on 500 px! Leucospermum cordifolium belongs to the protea family and is indigenous to South Africa. Some of the most spectacular species in the diverse vegetation are the proteas of the Cape region . Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes (SUIKERBOSSIE). It is the stiff protruding styles of the flowers which are the source of the common name "pincushion" for this genus. The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carolus Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 THIS IS THE LATEST!!! NEW: Soul Flowers 2012 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Have a lovely day and as always, THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

FIERY FLOWERWORKS!

Some of the most spectacular species in the diverse vegetation of the Cape region of South Africa are the proteas. Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes. The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carolus Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms. Proteas attracted the attention of botanists visiting the Cape of Good Hope in the 1600s. Together with the Springbok Antelope, the Protea had been treated as a sometimes controversial national symbol in South Africa, both during and after apartheid. I photographed this in the studio, playing with lights yet again, flags and cutters... I wanted it to look like fireworks. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Hope you enjoy it? Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk Please do not use this image on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE EMBRACE… PROTEA

“Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it's beauty.” ― Albert Einstein They look soft and furry but are actually quite 'leathery' and waxy? This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. I buy this beauty for Paul, because it reminds him of his mum, of his native South Africa. It is the National Flower, it is especially the particular fragrance (fijnbos) but of course also the stunning and 'shining' colours of this beautifully structured flower that is so enticing. A stunning flower, exotic, well to us, not in the countries where they grow naturally. I always say it, one man's exotic is another man's 'daily'... lol They are all over in The Cape, in abundance. Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.com IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE GLORY OF THE PROTEA...

A Protea 'Pink ice' in full glory. Protea neriifolia. The hardiest of all proteas Again from the studio with flags, cutters and Gobo, playing with lights... I buy this beauty for Paul, because it reminds him of South Africa, it is the National Flower, it is especially the particular fragrance (fijnbos) but of course also the stunning and 'shining' colours of this beautifully structured flower that is so enticing. Giving my flowers SOUL? My Soul Flowers on youtube and Studio Flowers 2011 Have a super day and thanx for your ever welcome comments and visit, M, (*_*) And for more of my other work or if you want to purchase, visit here: www.indigo2photography.co.uk PLEASE RESPECT THIS: IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PROTEA 'pink ice' being PLAYFUL…

October month again, in the pink... not just for women! Men also! ----///\\------Please ----///--\\\----put this ---|||----|||---on your ---|||-- -|||---profile if ---|||-- -|||---you know ----\\\--///----someone -----\\\///-----who is living with, survived ------///\-----or has passed away from -----///\\\----cancer. ----///--\\\---Thank youProtea neriifolia/Protea 'pink ice'. They look soft and furry but are actually quite 'leathery', waxy? This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. I buy this beauty for Paul, because it reminds him of South Africa, it is the National Flower, it is especially the particular fragrance (fijnbos) but of course also the stunning and 'shining' colours of this beautifully structured flower that is so enticing. A stunning flower, exotic, well to us, not in the countries where they grow naturally. I always say it, one man's exotic is another man's 'daily'... lol I again tried to photograph them in the 'style that I love so much, a bit moody, playing with the light and dof. Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

EXOTICA 3...PROTEA 'pink ice' ...

MY IMAGES ARE FOR SALE ONLY FROM ME, DIRECTLY, see below! A small series of very colourful and more 'exotic' flowers! Protea neriifolia/Protea 'pink ice'. They look soft and furry but are actually quite 'leathery', waxy? This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds. Again from the studio with flags, cutters and Gobo. I buy this beauty for Paul, because it reminds him of South Africa, it is the National Flower, it is especially the particular fragrance (fijnbos) but of course also the stunning and 'shining' colours of this beautifully structured flower that is so enticing. A stunning flower, exotic, well to us, not in the countries where they grow naturally. I always say it, one man's exotic is another man's 'daily'... lol I again tried to photograph them in the 'style that I love so much, a bit moody, playing with the light and dof. Thanx, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY MY IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

PROTEA EVERYWHERE...

Yes, everywhere you go, in shops, restaurants or nature, you see these exotic beauties, here overlooking the harbour. The Capetonians are obviously very proud of their national flower! And rightly so. Could not resist 'eternalising' these and bring them home forever... The King Protea (Protea cynaroides) is a flowering plant. It is a distinctive Protea, having the largest flower head in the genus. The species is also known as Giant Protea, Honeypot or King Sugar Bush. It is widely distributed in the southwestern and southern parts of South Africa of the fynbos region. THIS IS THE LATEST!!! NEW: Soul Flowers 2012 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Thank you for the 'WELCOME BACK'. Have a lovely day and as always, THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

THE KING!!! PROTEA CYNAROIDES.

To see these beauties is unbelievable, so exotic, to us, visitors, probably not to the people who live there and 'grew up' with them, all just part of life? The King Protea (Protea cynaroides) is a flowering plant. It is a distinctive Protea, having the largest flower head in the genus. The species is also known as Giant Protea, Honeypot or King Sugar Bush. It is widely distributed in the southwestern and southern parts of South Africa of the fynbos region. The King Protea is the National Flower of South Africa. Proteas are apparently one of the dinosaurs of flowers out there, dating back over 300 million years. In fact, they were probably acquainted with actual dinosaurs (they only evolved 230 million years ago). Also known as “sugarbushes”, they resemble an artichoke in bloom. Protea cynaroides is a woody shrub with thick stems and large dark green, glossy leaves. Most plants are one metre in height when mature, but may vary according to locality and habitat from 0.35 m to 2 metres in height. The "flowers" of Protea cynaroides are actually composite flower heads with a collection of flowers in the centre, surrounded by large colourful bracts. The flowerheads vary in size, from about 120 mm to 300 mm in diameter. Large, vigorous plants produce six to ten flower heads in one season, although some exceptional plants can produce up to forty flower heads on one plant. The colour of the bracts varies from a creamy white to a deep crimson, but the soft pale pink bracts with a silvery sheen are the most prized. THIS IS THE LATEST!!! NEW: Soul Flowers 2012 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Thank you for the 'WELCOME BACK'. Have a lovely day and as always, THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved

LEUCOSPERMUM erubescens. THE REAL DEAL!

A visit to The Kirstenbosch Gardens, the famous botanical garden nestled at the foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town, on the eastern slopes of the mountain, is a MUST!!! What makes the Gardens so famous worldwide is that (with minor exceptions) only indigenous plants are cultivated.The plants are native to the Cape region, highlighted by the spectacular collections of proteas. This is one of them... Family : Proteaceae (Protea family) Common names : orange flame pincushion, Langeberg pincushion (Eng.); oranjevlamspeldekussing (Afr.) It is correctly called the Langeberg Pincushion, although it shares this name with Leucospermum mundii. It is also known as the oranjevlamspeldekussing or orange flame pincushion. Leucospermum erubescens is RARE, meaning that it has a naturally small population and occurs over a small area. It is endemic to the Langeberg, meaning that in nature it occurs only there, and it is a habitat specialist, which means that it occurs in a very specific combination of conditions. It is not threatened at present, but rare plants are always at risk from sudden or unexpected events that could affect the entire population. The brightly coloured, unscented flower heads are pollinated by nectar-feeding sugarbirds and sunbirds – and both are seen visiting the flower heads at Kirstenbosch. The birds perch on the flower head and probe into each flower in search of nectar, and in so doing their heads and necks come into contact with the pollen presenters and stigmas at the tips of the styles. Bees and beetles are also regular visitors, but they don't come into contact with the pollen presenters and thus do not do any pollinating. THIS IS THE LATEST!!! NEW: Soul Flowers 2012 Why not take a few minutes, click on the links, sit back and relax, enjoy the beauty, you'll feel replenished? Thank you for the 'WELCOME BACK'. Have a lovely day and as always, THANX, M, (*_*) For more of my other work or if you want to PURCHASE (ONLY PLACE TO BUY OUR IMAGES!), VIEW THE NEW PORTFOLIOS AND LATEST NEWS HERE on our website: www.indigo2photography.co.uk IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (BY LAW!!!) TO USE ANY OF MY image or TEXT on websites, blogs or any other media without my explicit permission. © All rights reserved