African Daisies — Dead and Alive

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I thought I’d shared these before, but I can’t find any evidence of it. So, here they are.

A brief history of how these shots came to be: this particular African Daisy plant managed to survive through November 2020 and part of December, so I thought I would try to keep it alive until Spring 2021. So, I started keeping it in the garage when temperatures were below freezing outside. Well, in late December we had us a cold spell so the plant didn’t make it outside for a bit.

When it did warm up again, I looked at it and saw that some sort of fungus or mold had taken hold of it. It was then time to get rid of it because I’m not a fan of fungal growth or mold.

But, not before I snapped a few photos . . .

It’s been a while since I shared some music that I listen to . . . here’s what I’m listening to now . . .

As I looked at the photo of the flower, I assumed the plant I had almost saved might have been this one . . .

The assumption was based on the red-tinted leaves . . . but the center crown of the red plant isn’t yellow.

by the way, if you don’t like that music, you might not like this either . . .

The orange African Daisies have a yellow center crown, so the fuungal-decorated plant was likely this plant . . .

Even though the petals look red, it’s likely that’s the result of the flower dying and losing its natural orange color . . . or so I assume.

Regardless, whatever the original color, the dead (or dying) plant and flowers looked interesting enough to photograph.

I’m posting two nearly identical photos . . . one with a bug, and one without. The reason I noticed the bug is that I snapped more photos than what I show here, and I noticed the “movement” as I scrolled from one photo to the next. I really like the photos of this dead flower.

Here’s a closeup of the above . . .

As I look at these, I’m almost convinced the plant was still alive . . . but, you know, infested. I don’t regret putting it out of its misery . . . assuming it was miserable, that is. Some fungi/molds can produce hallucinatory effects . . . perhaps the flower was on the best trip of its short life.

Here’s a closeup of the flower that was still open.

Whatever is growing on it, it sure looks like snow . . . except that it doesn’t snow inside my garage.

While the flowers were showy, it’s not like the leaves were slacking . . .

This is probably not the last time you’ll see these photos, although when you see them next, they’ll have been transformed into paintings.

If the previous music was too mellow . . . try this:

Here’s a gallery of the above photos . . .

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