A few images of Black-eyed Susan, in full bloom in the last few weeks:
These were taken at two meadows, both primarily Black-eyed Susan. The meadows were planted (I don’t know who did it, but I’m grateful) with a mixture of hybrid and native Rudbeckia species. One them is next to a conservation area I’ve gone to for years, in a prominent open area. The other is planted in a fairly remote part of a powerline easement, with woods on either side. The powerline goes up a hill, and the flowers are planted in a broad swath next to a path that goes up the hill. The band of flowers goes up for hundreds of yards. I couldn’t believe it when I found it.
They’re all lovely. I don’t know much at all about cultivars, but I’d guess that the two photos on the right show hybrids. I’m especially fond of the one at the far right; it’s quite dramatic. Surprises like your swaths of flowers are delightful; I’m glad you found them.
I think first two are natives and the two on the right are were hybrids, but I’m just guessing. It was fun finding the cockeyed angle for the closeup on the right, glad you like it.
I found a nice patch that I couldn’t exactly call a meadow but it held some nice blooms. I’d agree that the two at the right could be cultivars as they don’t look like the ones I find in the places I go. I’d bet money on the the foremost right one. I have seen some similar to the second from the right with the rich ruddy coloration near the center but never with that array of petals. Looks like they are having a “bad petal” day. Four very nice shots, Tom.
Let’s hear it for power line easements. There’s one a mile away from me that has provided many pictures in recent years. Over all that time, I’ve only seen it get mowed twice, which is great plus compared to highway embankments, which get mowed here several times a year.
Powerline easements were where I got started on closeup photography and nature study. I found lots of butterfly species, my first dogbane beetles, and started to learn flowers on lunch walks in a powerline easement next to where I work some years ago.
I wonder if anyone’s ever done a photo exhibit or book in which all the pictures were taken on power line easements. It may be an extrinsic criterion, but I find it an interesting one.
I did a blog post a while last year about powerlines: https://tomwhelan.wordpress.com/2019/04/26/powerlines/
I see that I commented on that post back then and mentioned the right-of-way in my neighborhood.
What a wonderful surprise!