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Intersectional Peony

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 25 May 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

I was amazed to find these intersectional peonies in full bloom when in the western suburbs of Chicago last weekend. Back east along the Lake Michigan shoreline, the peonies are still waiting to bloom. It's amazing how much of an effect Lake Michigan has on the shoreline communities. The western suburbs can average anywhere from five to twenty degrees warmer than the suburbs along the shoreline.

This intersectional peony is a hybrid of the herbaceous peony and tree peony. The tree peony has woody above ground stems that remain throughout the year, much like a small shrub. The leaves, however, are deciduous and fall each autumn. Herbaceous peonies die back to the ground each autumn.

Photo captured May 21, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/80 second F/5.6 ISO 125 50 mm

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MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Gorgeous! Mine get a lot of shade, so the buds are still very tiny.

25 May 2011 5:34am

Céline from New York City, United States

Nice composition !

25 May 2011 5:48am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

great shot and beautiful HDR processing

25 May 2011 6:14am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Lovely bright colours in this shot.

25 May 2011 8:39am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Perfect capture of the light. Such a vibrant flower - the hand gives a sense of scale as well.

25 May 2011 11:34am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful capture. The peonies are in full bloom here. They are so beautiful!

25 May 2011 11:37am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Mine are just starting to bud, I love the sweet smell of them, it triggers memories of being in the garden with my mom as a toddler.

25 May 2011 12:58pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

These blossoms are gorgeous! Do they smell good, too? I enjoy peonies a lot.

25 May 2011 2:48pm

Bill Brown from California, United States

Wonderful color and detail!

25 May 2011 6:40pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Beautiful color, Steven - I like this exam view :-) HEavens, My Peonies ares till wrapped up in tight little golf balls or smaller ;-)

25 May 2011 7:30pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Stunning capture, Steven!

26 May 2011 2:59am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

A beautiful composition with wonderful color and clarity! Love these flowers!!!!

26 May 2011 3:27am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

What a wonderful specimen, and good to have the hand in there for scale.

26 May 2011 5:23pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Quite a blossom! Wonderful specimen!

29 May 2011 8:44pm