Thursday, December 27, 2012

Calliandra Fascination


The process of becoming a big red powder puff, starts as a berry, then tiny little spindly things come out a few at a time

 Each day a few more appear. I love the above because it shows tiny berries, larger berries, one starting to bloom and one dying, all on the same tip of the limb....


 then it becomes a half a ball.


Next is is half berry half ball


 And then it becomes the big fluffy ball. see the white? that is tiny flowers full of pollen. Each puff wiill have 2 or 3 bees so far down in there they are hard to see.... they love to dive on that white pollen.


  In a couple of days the puff starts to shrivel, like above


and then it hangs down while yet another one starts above and the process begins again


The last step is this one above and the next day it turns  brown and falls to the ground.

26 comments:

Ginny said...

Wow, all beautiful! #5 looks like girly girl fireworks!!

EM Illustrator said...

Beautiful process, and you've captured it nicely. Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

SquirrelQueen said...

They are pretty even as they start to fade. I can see why the bees like these with all that pollen. Ginny's right, it does look like fireworks.

Maple Lane said...

God's flowers are amazing!

Pam :) said...

Beautiful time-laps photos of the cycle of life of a power puff flower.. nicely done, Sandra.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Stunning, no wonder you are fascinated. Have a Happy New Year and I look forward to following you in 2013.

Remington said...

Very cool, my friend! I love it when you show me new things....I love learning!

TexWisGirl said...

it is really a neat tree, and you've showed it well.

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Cool version of time-lapse-filming. :-)

They are soooooooooooo beautiful!

Madi and Mom said...

What an amazing process. I thoroughly enjoyed following each step. How long ago did you plant the bush?
Hugs Madi and Mom

Deb said...

A beautiful process!!!!

Betsy Adams said...

You have done a good job showing the progression of the Powder Puff... Such a beauty!!!!

Happy New Year.
Hugs,
Betsy

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That's amazing.Thanks for taking the time to capture each step.

Chatty Crone said...

That was really interesting!!! A miracle.

Ann said...

Those are the most fascinating flowers I've ever seen. I love the looks of them in all stages

Giga said...

Kwiat i jego zdjęcia w trakcie zmian, są piękne. Pozdrawiam.
Flower and his pictures during such changes are beautiful. Yours.

SweetMarie said...

This is fantastic! Hubby best be taking care of ours! :)

Betty Manousos said...

beautiful pink and a beautiful process! i did enjoy following each step.

what an amazing flower indeed.
i learned a new thing today. thank you. i love learning new things.

Catherine said...

Those are a fun series of photos! Wonderful!
I hope you had a wonderful week!
xo Catherine

BlueShell said...

Sandra, Dear...I had to come now...

Wishing you and yours a prosperous and very Happy New Year, full of joy, health and God’s Blessings!
BShell

EG CameraGirl said...

I wish I could grow them here in Ontario!

Karen said...

This is amazing!

diane b said...

A super series of photos. Great up close and clear shots of the powder puff process.

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing the process through wonderful photos. What a lovely plant to enjoy!

Maggie M said...

Thank you so much Sandra for posting these pictures. I have to say this is one of the most interesting and beautiful plants I have ever seen. Fantastic shots too. Hugs

Rose said...

Love that you showed the progression of the flower.