|Scarlet gaura blossoms, |
bending in the wind.
The butterfly-like (bee or spider-shaped?) flowers of Scarlet Gaura are the palest pink — even white, in the summer glare — when they first open, and then deepen in tone to rich dark scarlet as they age.
Scarlet Gaura is a kind of evening primrose, and although these pictures were taken mid-afternoon, some sources say the best time to look for them is in the evening.
Look carefully — these plants were less than six inches high, growing along a dry roadside.
And these pictures, blurry and distracting as they may be, are the best shots I have...
I look forward to returning to Grasslands National Park in this or a future summer to try again with a better set up and lens.
|Tangle of Scarlet Gaura|
|Scarlet Gaura stalks among other plants|
Location: Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Date: July 28 and 29, 2011.