A few years ago echinacea (or ‘cone flowers’ to us older crowd) were praised as a cure all for the common cold. More recent studies have undermined or dismissed that claim entirely, but in any case, they are still stunningly beautiful flowers and honeybees love them. And who would argue with bees?

The last picture was an opportunistic grab, a close up of the side of the vase I was using to hold the flower as I photographed it.

Before viewing the photographs, I would also like to invite you to visit the poetry blog, the Book of Pain. As always, special thanks to my dearest Lyn, She Of Great Taste In All Things But Men, who does most of the photo selection. Thank you for dropping by the Book of Bokeh.














All photographs and comments ©2014 by John Etheridge with all rights reserved; not to be used without the expressed written permission of the copyright owner.


24 thoughts on “Echinacea

    • Thank you again! Having just looked at the photos on your own website, I admit that I am blushing that someone with your work would be so kind and complimentary!

    • Thank you very much! I have to say that a compliment like that coming from the owner of Geo Topoi is quite a compliment and one that very much appreciate!

    • Chris, thank you! You’ve been on a tear yourself recently with some exceptional images. I am trying to get up the nerve and speak to people as well as you do! I’m just not as brave as you!

    • James, thank you so much! I was really impressed with the photos on your site and so very much appreciate your taking the time to drop by this blog. No, no extension tube, I used a 100mm macro lens and natural light. It was getting a little late also, which helped with the red glow.

        • Exactly, leaving us more time to make photographs! In fact, some time ago I thought about getting a bee hive or two but was stopped short by the realization that another time-consuming, expensive, gear oriented hobby is probably NOT what I want these days. It’s the same with home made tinctures…if I cannot whack the herb and cook it right away, it’s too complicated for my life.

    • Thank you so very much! And after looking at your own images I take that as a very great compliment! Honestly, I love your blog too.

    • John, thank you so much! It is interesting, is it not, how much beauty there is in things when we stop to notice and look closely? That’s what I really love about photography.

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