Note: Fellow blogger Eliza Waters pointed out to me that what I am calling rudbeckias in this post may actually be gaillardias and after a quick search on the name I am sure she is correct (and I was sure she would be). I’ve corrected the title but wherever I’ve identified a flower as a rudbeckia in this post, the flower is really a gaillardia
Along with cosmoses, rudbeckias are one of my favorite flowers to photograph. I am particularly fond of the type show in this post because of its two-tone color. I also have a couple of other rudbeckia varieties in the garden. Rudbeckias don’t have the same natural gracefulness as cosmoses nor the delicacy of stem and leaves, but the lack of delicacy is one the the things I like about the rudbeckia. Most have relatively thick stems and leaves covered with hairs that, once you’ve handled them, teach you that you should wear gloves when working with them.
Another Note: Gaillardias are also now one of my favorite flowers to photograph.
Depending on the stage of its lifecycle, even the seed head can be quite colorful.
A rare two story flower.
A rudbeckia tower.
As with some of the other shots I used a fill flash with this so I could see all the hairs on the sepals and get them in sharp focus. A pleasant byproduct was the way the light brought out the colors of the petals and didn’t wash them out.
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