Here’s another view of some of the native Azaleas at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. If the brilliant orange isn’t enough to get your attention, I know the long stamen extending out of the center must be!
This is another case where I have to wonder, why? Some flowers have deep cups, some are convex curves with many tiny blossoms and this one has long fingers reaching out from the body of the plant. Usually, the birds or insects that pollinate will want to land while trying to eat the goodies inside. Maybe this is a ploy to get them to hover over the pollen and blow it off the plant or get it stuck on wings? You have to assume that the design works somehow since these plants seem to have no problem continuing on from season to season.
It certainly is amazing, though, to think of how many ways there are that nature deals with so many different situations.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
300mm @ f18 – 1/100 sec – ISO 200