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By handlerstudio  
I find it so fascinating that peonies need the ants crawling around the bud in order to flower. Someone told me why once, which I do not remember. But, great to look at, and not bring in to the house. So, a couple of images of peony buds, and a few photos of them in full bloom, with a little rain water left over.

Thanks for your comments on my "Art Car" upload.


Tags: Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Peony envy

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ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
25 May 2014 6:06AM
Peonies are beautiful flowers, your set of images do them proud. As far as the ant story goes...they are attracted to the sweet resin on the flowers. Its never been proved that the flowers need the ants to open, however the myth goes that eat away the bud covering making it easier for them to open....great photography Peter

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25 May 2014 6:46AM
Fabulous photography Peter, can't pick a favourite. Like them all GrinGrin

ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
25 May 2014 9:02AM
Not a great lover of peonies - too 'blowsy' for me but I do like these pictures - all top class!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
25 May 2014 11:17AM
A great image, love the point of view.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 153 16 United Kingdom
25 May 2014 12:04PM
A great set Peter love your little friendsSmileSmileSmile

25 May 2014 12:05PM
Beautiiful set; V4 is gorgeous !
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
25 May 2014 12:13PM
Beautiful blooms Peter, mine have gone now so its lovely to see yours.
25 May 2014 1:24PM
A lovely series.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
25 May 2014 3:07PM
Like the shape to these Peter.
Well coloured too.
Good set.
dudler Plus
14 706 1351 England
25 May 2014 3:39PM
V4, for the subtle colours...
ukgubbi 6 5 India
26 May 2014 1:13AM
Love the visitors. Great set
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
26 May 2014 2:16AM
Impressive captures, especially the ants-- a brilliant set!
Bantu 4 7 1 India
26 May 2014 5:18AM
Superb closeup of all variants.

28 May 2014 8:05AM
Love the one with visitors.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2014 11:44PM
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
28 Jun 2014 6:48AM
So lovely and beautiful, nice informative write-up.

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