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Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 2 August 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Lupinus, commonly known as Lupins or lupines (North America), is a genus in the legume family (Fabaceae). The genus comprises about 280 species (Hughes), with major centers of diversity in South and western North America, and the Andes and secondary centers in the Mediterranean region and Africa.

Spotted at Illinois Beach State Park on June 4, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/125 second F/5.6 ISO 125 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

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MissT from Chicagoland, United States

I like the way they go in and out of focus - beautiful!

2 Aug 2011 5:21am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Delightful shot and I like the vertical framing!

2 Aug 2011 8:22am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

They are beautiful .. What I dont know is do they die in winter and grow back again??

2 Aug 2011 8:26am

@Sarito: Yes. They are wild perennials.

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

gorgeous close-up shot of the lupinus.
very well done!

2 Aug 2011 9:49am

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

This looks like a wisteria to me. ;)

2 Aug 2011 9:54am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

I like that you chose a portrait format for this, it works well.

2 Aug 2011 12:01pm

ManuelaR from Hainburg (Frankfurt/Main), Germany

Excellent vertical framing and love the blue shades, well done!

2 Aug 2011 5:52pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful soft color and nice framing!

2 Aug 2011 7:43pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


2 Aug 2011 8:34pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Very nice in this vertical orientation. I just enjoyed the sight of these throughout Nova Scotia, where the also flourish.

2 Aug 2011 8:46pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

We have tones of wild lupins around here. They sure brighten the journey while traveling.
It is a lovely shot.

2 Aug 2011 11:27pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Like the tight frame!

3 Aug 2011 12:49am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Really pretty flower. Your in-close approach shows it to great advantage.

3 Aug 2011 1:10am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Beautiful shot, Steven - love those soft textures and pastel blues.

3 Aug 2011 1:26am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely lupine. Exquisite!

3 Aug 2011 2:01am

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

gorgeous closeup in such a lovely tonality !

3 Aug 2011 2:42pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Fortunately they're growing in our gardens, too! :-)

7 Aug 2011 10:07pm