February 12, 2010

the Montbretia is blooming

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photo by Donald Kinney

I first spotted this highly artistic plant a few years ago growing along the banks of the Lagunitas Creek -- but I knew it looked familiar -- and after a bit of head-scratching I realized that this is the same plant my parents had growing wild in their garden -- it's name is Montbretia and is also called Crocosmia.

Seen in this photo, it is growing along Conzleman Road in the Marin Headlands, within spitting-distance of the Golden Gate Bridge.   The flowers will continue to develop over the next few months.

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photo by Donald Kinney

Here's an old shot, but I think it's kind of nice, although the colors are probably a bit over-saturated.

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photo by Donald Kinney

And another older shot -- and yes, that little hummingbird was more than willing to help me with the shot.

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Lew said...

Beautiful shot! I have enjoyed your images of the west coast for sometime, but have not visited your blog for a couple of months. I enjoyed your interview with Caliber. It was also nice to see some of your "people" images.

AphotoAday said...

HI LEW -- Oh yeah, I remember you -- great to hear from you again... I took a peek at your blog -- I'll have to go back and spend some more time -- interesting work...

Louise said...

Top shot takes my breath away! Seriously! I remember the bottom one.

Jane said...

Another great series, the orange and blue just gorgeous together. Nice hummingbird capture.

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