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061 – Fragrance

The native clematis, in this case, Clematis forsteri (that Forster guy again) has a real soft spot in my heart. I love the creamy greeny blossoms – I have a real thing for green flowers. These clematis (growing on the shores of Lake Taupo) are still wild things. They don’t transplant very well and are difficult to establish. They bear male and female flowers on different plants, so the fluffy seed heads only form when there are a pair of plants close enough for pollination to occur.

What appeals most to me about these clematis is their fragrance. I don’t know how strong it is in the full heat of the day, but in the cooling late afternoon the flowers seemed to be in full fragrance production. I’m guessing that moths might be pollinators rather than bees, which would give rise to light coloured flowers and evening fragrance. Mysteriously, this photo appears to have caught even the most delicate fragrant notes.

14. Every day the ordinary can be the extraordinary.
17. Every day look through a new lens.
30. Every day use all your senses. Touch. Smell. Taste. Hear. See.

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