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I usually don’t go out of my way to photograph wildflowers. When I do photograph them, it’s usually because something else is my principal subject — an especially interesting insect, typically — and the flower becomes part of the picture’s background. However, today, as I wandered around in Sabino Canyon, I couldn’t help but notice that there are numerous plant species currently in bloom and that some of their flowers are pretty spectacular. So, I took a few pictures.
The autumn flower extravaganza includes numerous morning glories. These vines and their flowers seem to be everywhere right now. In a couple of hours of walking, I photographed four separate species. Here’s one of them.
This one is called Scarlet Creeper and it’s also known as Star Glory and Scarlet Morning Glory.
This plant seems to like things fairly wet, because I found it growing exclusively along the banks of Sabino Creek. Its flowers are small but obviously, it makes up in brilliance for what it lacks in size.
Although it may be particular about its habitat it seems to grow very aggressively where conditions are right. Its vines are quite dense and form little thickets, frequently intertwined with other species of morning glory and other plants.
I’ve read that hummingbirds are particularly fond of this plant. The flower’s shape should be a clue that it has evolved to be pollinated by something that can reach deep into the flower.
Images made with a Canon 5DS-R, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, M setting, ISO 200, f20 @ 1/160.