As we're wont to do, we went for a stroll this afternoon through the woods to the back forty. Since the pathway was rather wet from yesterday's downpour, I went back to the house to exchange sandals for my rubber duck boots. The rest of the group went ahead. As I returned to meet up with them, a strange looking bud/bloom/flower caught my eye and I knew I would have to come back to get a shot or three (we have a tacit agreement that I don't bring the camera on strolls like this since it detracts from social interaction).
I went back to the spot after our 'social' walk and made the shots below. Now, looking at the plant's stem and leaves I could have sworn it was a rose - look for yourself. But I've never seen a 'bloom' such as this - certainly not a rose. I haven't googled it yet - perhaps one of our botanist cybersleuths will know.
(60mm f8 1/20 sec ISO200)
(60mm f14 1/6 sec ISO200)
Sunset Sunday (taken June 22, 2010 at Fort Myers Beach, Fla
(18-55mm f8 1/1250 sec ISO200)