FLOWERWORKS to wish you ALL a healthy 2009!
Some of the most spectacular species in the diverse vegetation of the Cape region of South Africa are the proteas.
Protea is both the botanical name and the English common name of a genus of flowering plants, sometimes also called sugarbushes.
The genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carolus Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus who could change his form at will, because proteas have such different forms.
Proteas attracted the attention of botanists visiting the Cape of Good Hope in the 1600s.
Together with the Springbok Antelope, the Protea had been treated as a sometimes controversial national symbol in South Africa, both during and after apartheid.
I photographed this in the studio, playing with lights yet again, flags and cutters...
I wanted it to look like fireworks.
Hope you enjoy it? Thanx, M, (*_*)