Photo Of The Week: Texas Star

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A close-up of a Mexican Hibiscus,  perhaps more popularly known as the Texas Star. It’s hard to miss with its brilliant, vibrant red petals. The bloom measures up to a foot across.  I’m particularly drawn to the back of the huge bloom because of its innate symmetry.  The tiny bug  was a bonus.  These flowers are one day wonders. They bloom when the sun hits them in the morning and drop off at sunset. They reseed themselves and can become quite invasive.  Hard to resist though because of that color.  Thanks for the look and have a good week.

Photo Of The Week: Flowering Tobacco

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Blooming tobacco in an Eastern North Carolina farm field.  Tobacco isn’t what it used to be in North Carolina but it is still very much in evidence.   This was a small patch or allotment on a small farm near the coast.  The flowers will be removed; “topped” is the word used in the field.   It allows the plant to fill out and mature. Leaves are harvested from the bottom up.  Thanks for the look and have a good week ahead.