Lantana Blossoms

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Lantana blossoms.
Photographed at High Island and Bolivar, Texas.
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 5 March 2008 [larger view].

Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/400s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.


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0 Responses to Lantana Blossoms

  1. Carrie says:

    I love those! My last landlord had bushes that had bright red blossoms. I haven’t been able to find red lantana anywhere else.

  2. ************ says:

    i’m now 52, living in houston “proper”, but i grew up in a small community on Galveston Bay called Shore Acres (a couple of miles south of La Porte which is about 50 miles SE of Houston).
    there were aces of “woods” which i played in, on and high up-above in self made treehouses.
    lantana (as pictured) was everywhere. i always marveled at how one plant was able to produce multi-colored flowers on such a tiny scale. they seemed to be ready made bouquets for my sisters’ barbie weddings.
    …thanks for the memories.
    (unfortunately, right now bolivar, high island, shore acres and la porte are suffering biological recuperation on a grand scale, after hurricane ike)…//sad
    [the road to recovery is already in full swing, though. both man and mother nature are making magnificent come-backs!]

  3. John Monfries says:

    It’s pretty, isn’t it?
    I recall a lovely lantana hedge at my late parents’ house years ago in Sydney.
    Alas, it’s now regarded as an appalling invasive weed in Australia, like so many imported species of plant and animals.