7/03/2007

Michaelmas Daisy

(Toledo, OH) Named for the feast of St. Michael, the Michaelmas daisy is in the family Asteraceae. I came across some beautiful specimens of this plant on the campus of the University of Toledo today.

Most varieties typically bloom from August through fall, but this flower opened in July. Perhaps it is a transplant that was seeded in a greenhouse earlier in the spring.

And - for the record - I doubt that there will ever be a technological method that will capture the resplendence of the Michaelmas daisy in a digital format. The sight, smell, and feel of a blossom is a synergistic experience beyond digitization.

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