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Friday Flower Fiesta (4-3-15)—Most popular

Friday Flower Fiesta

I am a member of several groups at Facebook but my two favorites are Flowers Exchange and World Is Our Garden.

Both groups allow members to post one picture per day. Once that’s done, members stop by and leave LIKEs and comments.

My most popular post got 36 LIKEs and comments.

Interestingly, the Photographic Art that I thought would be most popular, wasn’t. That might not be the full story, though, because I don’t know where people are as far as time zone, what else they might be doing on any specific day, how much time they spend on Facebook, etc. Which days get more views, weekdays or weekends? However, I have noticed a distinct liking for certain effects, so that is helpful to me in my Photographic Art endeavors.

Following are eleven of my most popular posts from both groups. All of them without the stamp framing and text are available for purchase at my Photographic Art galleries at Fine Art America.

African Tulip Tree

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Aloe Flower Buds

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Anemone

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Anthurium

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Azalea

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Banksia

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Bearded Iris

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Hibiscus

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Bees and California Tree Poppy

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Bird of Paradise

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Geranium

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Friday Flower Fiesta (3-14-14)

Friday Flower fiesta

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I have been so busy that I almost forgot that it was Friday!

Today’s Tonight’s Friday Flower Fiesta features my Photographic Art creations of flowers that are now available at my store on Fine Art America.

Various versions of these flowers have appeared in my blog before, but the versions here are the versions that are for sale at my store on Fine Art America. Fine Art America offers many different types of prints, such as standard matted and framed prints, prints rolled in a tube so you can do your own matting and framing, metal prints, canvas prints, and acrylic prints, as well as greeting cards and cell phone cases.

If you would like to buy any of my work, use the discount code
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to get a 20% discount through April 14, 2014.

I upload many pictures each day, so follow me here at my WordPress blog or at my store on Fine Art America.

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)Bird of Paradise

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CliviaClivia

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Sunflower and CloudsSunflower and Clouds

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Red Hot PokerRed Hot Poker

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Cactus Flowers and Fruits
(of a barrel cactus)Cactus Flowers and Fruits

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ThunbergiaThunbergia

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Pink HibiscusPink Hibiscus Flower

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African Tulip TreeAfrican Tulip Tree Flowers

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Purple GeraniumPurple Geranium

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White DaffodilsWhite Daffodil Flowers

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Pink GeraniumPink Geranium

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Flower & BeeFlower & Bee

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Orange PoppyCalifornia Poppy

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California Tree Poppy & Visitors California Tree Poppy and Visitors

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Raindrops on Gerbera DaisiesRaindrops on Gerbera Daisy Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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African tulip tree (Spathodea campanulata)

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The first time I saw an African tulip tree (Spathodea campanulata), I was awestruck by three things:

  1. The beauty of the flowers
  2. The size of the flowers
  3. The number of flowers on the tree

African tulip tree

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I saw my first one at the end of a cul-de-sac one day when I purposely had gotten lost. I don’t remember exactly where it was, only that it was somewhere in South Park, so I haven’t been able to find it again. However, I keep my eye out for other African tulip trees, and I have found a lot of them.

The second one I discovered is a very large tree in the northwest corner of Alcazar Garden in Balboa Park:

Alcazar Garden in San Diego's Balboa Park

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Next I discovered several of them at the northwest corner of Costco in Mission Valley:

African tulip trees in Mission Valley near Costco

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Recently I was exploring the beach below Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.

I had walked north on the beach, but rather than walking back south on the beach, I decided to go up to Scripps and walk at the top of the cliffs.

Look what I discovered:

African tulip trees at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, California

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Location of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California

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The blue building is Sverdrup Hall. Here’s a Google Earth view of the trees:

African tulip trees at Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, California

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Spathodea is a monotypic genus, meaning that there is only one species in the genus, and that species is, of course, Spathodea campanulata, the African tulip tree. Smile if you feel special now!

Mature trees can be anywhere from 23 to 82 feet tall. It is native to the tropical dry forests of Africa, which explains why it does so well here in San Diego. Interestingly, the African tulip tree has been nominated as one of the 100 World’s Worst invaders.

First discovered in 1787 on the Gold Coast of Africa, the African tulip tree is planted extensively in tropical locales for its showy reddish-orange and crimson flowers. Yellow flowers occur, but are rare.

Other interesting tidbits about the African tulip tree:

  1. The flower buds contain water, making them fun to play with since you can shoot the water at other people simply by squeezing the bud.
  2. Thirsty birds love the flowers because their upward cup shape allows them to hold rainwater and dew.
  3. The wood is relatively soft, making the trunks popular with hole-nesting birds like barbets.
  4. Seeds are edible, and seeds, flowers, and roots are used in medicine in some parts of the world.
  5. The bark has laxative and antiseptic properties. It can be boiled in water and used for bathing newborn babies to heal body rashes.

You knew I was going to create some Photographic Art, right?

African tulip tree Photographic Art by Russel Ray Photos

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