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I know you have all seen a cosmos flower - whatever your regional name may be - but these are different. I stumbled upon these "hybrids" at Magoebaskloof ("kloof" = ravine) Hotel in South Africa. Note how the pink was progressively introduced to the border of the white petals and I tried to illustrate this from left to right until the petals are almost red and just a hint of the white remains. May these flowers brighten up your day.

I want to dedicate this to PJ and Di for their love of flowers - well I had to because I made a comment about "boring flowers" and hereby a peace offering, LOL!

Thank you for all your visits and comments, especially Knersis with his informative comment about Cycads:

January 4, 2007
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Jan 4, 2007 2:38:32 pm
What a lovely collage,Piet. Each is so beautifully photographed and the light in each is so heart-warming to see.Just right for a cold winter's day. Thank you for this wonderful shot of color today. All the best.-M :^)

by Margana Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 2:40:11 pm
A beautiful collage of excellent shots. Wonderful flowers, very interesting variations!

by Hendesse Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 2:42:37 pm
A beautiful collection of flowers,
Each of them is beauty, capturred very well, excellent!!!
Have a nice evening

by Hedepo Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 2:44:47 pm
I agree with the ohters, these are all beautiful shots! I love this flower and its colours! Nice presentation too!

by natalieb Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 2:53:58 pm
A lovely compo, Piet and good dedi ..
Don't know why I have to browse the Photo'gallerie and didn't
be notified you uploaded that compo...? R'r ...!
Flora of Zimbabwe, that Bidens Formosa looks similar at
osteospermum ... here Bidens are smaller and white or yellow
Just read that Bidens are protected in Canada
q:)Have a nice Friday & week end

by Laelia Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 2:55:21 pm
Great presentation for a beautiful flower.
Love the title too. Aloha

by thevolunteer Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 3:02:55 pm
Woy, you nade a simple pretty little flower look just glorious!

by Conniekat8 Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 3:11:03 pm
Great collage, even though I prefer single picture postings because the detail and grandeur can then be really appreciated.

by goodoleboy Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 3:13:25 pm
Beautiful collection...

by lizzibell Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 3:21:56 pm
Well presented Piet! You must have had loads of fun looking and photographing the different cosmos. I have never seen these hybrids before. I have only seen the white, pink and red (scarce) ones, but not these vignetted hybrids. I always find it strange that they grow abundantly right next to the roads. I must admit that the forth one in your sequence is strickingly beautiful! Thanks for sharing this!

by antong Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 3:27:05 pm
Lovely collage of "evolution" of the strong pink color. Finaly became the dominant color! Yes it does brighten my days up..thnx Piet!

by babuci Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 3:44:31 pm
Really good zoomed in..we have these in our garden and they come back every year by themselves...the little finches really like the seeds they produce after blooming..very nice collage...great job..

by frankie96 Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 4:05:29 pm
Got in hot water, Piet? I'm pretty sure THAT peace offering will be honored.
Beautiful and very interesting shot - especially in sequence!

by kjpweb Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 4:34:42 pm
Oh! Oom, I adore the cosmos flower, it grows so easily here, just sprinkle the seed!! and pooofff!! a glorious garden :-) Yes, you are right they are different, with you. Still as beautiful as ever. Thank you my dear, Part Time Angel, for this glorious bouquet!! I shall treasure, forever :-) these pinks!!!!! HUUUUUGGGGSSS. Di Di. PS. Oom, your flowers are never, ever boring... Talk beauty beyond belief ;-)!!! Huge, Woo hoo!!!!

by rainbows Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 4:52:59 pm
Sir, this is so lovely. I love Cosmos and its one of the flowers that never seems to do well for me! Honestly.

Wild? Grows Wild? Maybe that's my problem... I pamper my flowers to DEATH. LOL. I love the comparison and progression in breeding. Just stellar.

Thank you, Piet, for your kind thoughts. You have shown us and yourself that flower shots are not boring unless the photographer is. It always shows in a shot if the shooter's heart is in it or not.

by MrsLubner Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 5:20:22 pm
Excellent, always loved Cosmos!

by mark.spooner Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 5:48:23 pm
Oh spring can't be toooooo far away. Beautiful blooms Piet!

by 1010 Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 6:39:13 pm
Cool collage, and quite interesting colors with the variance. Fabulous penance post Piet!!

by Biffowitz Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 7:08:50 pm
These are simply lovely, Piet! I've grown cosmos here, but no changes like this occurred so I guess I had the wrong variety, LOL! I love how you have shown the color progression; as with your animal shots you have a way of making the viewer feel like they're right there watching!

by VelvetMoxie Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 7:19:30 pm
It is quite a lovely little jewel and the progression of the photos is fascinating as well. I'm sure whatever offense may have been given, this peace offering was sure to melt away. :-) Excellent work.

by BountifulKnight Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 7:21:29 pm
Makes me feel spring in my heart. Wonderful Piet:0)bonita

by drag Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 7:35:37 pm
Well these sure ain't boring. Very pretty flowers and wonderful captures.

by Buffalo1 Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 8:04:40 pm
wow I never saw flowers that change they colors but then I do not know flowers too. this is super

by jocko500 Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 8:27:13 pm
Very well done combo!

by gizmo563 Homepage »

Jan 4, 2007 8:29:26 pm
Great progression of colors from nearly white to nearly red. Used to see these everywhere (as a weed)when I was a child, but rarely see them any more. These brought back many precious memories for me.

by Botai Homepage »


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