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That's a beautiful shot -- I'm guessing of creeping phlox -- and yes they look fake to me as well. Looks like some weird photoshop effect.
I turned down the saturation of the color a little, actually. I also turned up the contrast and the sharpness a little.
Oh, that's horrible. Who doesn't love flowers?We are supposed to have reverence for all things floral.Flowers are innocent.Unlike the advertisement on your sidebar of the male in speedo....irritating my periphery.
What's the camera, again?That's some good bokeh, there.
I wandered lonely as a CloudThat floats on high o'er Vales and Hills,When all at once I saw a crowd,A host of golden daffodils;Beside the lake, beneath the trees,Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.Continuous as the stars that shineAnd twinkle on the milky way,They stretched in never-ending lineAlong the margin of a bay:Ten thousand saw I at a glance,Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.The waves beside them danced, but theyOut-did the sparkling waves in glee:-A poet could not but be gayIn such a jocund company:I gazed-and gazed-but little thoughtWhat wealth the show to me had brought:For oft when on my couch I lieIn vacant or in pensive mood,They flash upon that inward eyeWhich is the bliss of solitude,And then my heart with pleasure fills,And dances with the Daffodils.(Wm. Wordsworth)
When we think about it, Nature really doesn't make the flowers for us to appreciate or to look natural to us. Nature created flowers for the bees and other pollinating sources to appreciate and view. It doesn't matter how they look to us, just as long as they get to continue on with another generation of plants and flowers.
Still pretty...a little too perfect, but still perfect. I think that real beauty exists with some flaws for uniqueness and continued interest, though. Strange, isn't it? That's like the beauty contestants in the pageants, in general, while generically attractive, don't strike me as particularly beautiful, either. The same is said of amateur painting, how the artist makes something too perfect and balanced and, thus, loses the interest of the viewer. Funny how beauty is perceived.
But please don't get me wrong...the picture is lovely! :)
My guess: Dianthus chinensis or some other specius of Dianthus. Often called "pinks." They are among the earlier flowering non-bulb plants in the northern garden.
Gee, the floral version rump presentation and tail wagging is a lot classier.
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