Plants and flowers move. When you work, as I do, on form, color and detail of a particular subject, you are certain to be surprised. Buds open too soon. Flowers turn toward the sun, intensify in color, drop their petals. Leaves grow, curl or shrivel. Some subjects dry up before I can capture them on paper or canvas. The light is not always right.
To control the forces of nature, I sometimes rely on photography.
This blog is my photo gallery of BOTANICAL SUBJECTS.
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A little Mystery...

Any guesses as to what this is? Or was?

© Eva-Maria Ruhl

As it turns out, this was not  difficult to identify. I posted it on FB and got an answer immediately! (Many of my FB friends are botanical artists.)
Yes, this is an Echinacea, a purple coneflower, in the very late fall. The seeds have been picked by birds and only a dry shell remains.
Artist Bianca van Baast named it for me: STARLIGHT
I hope to paint it this winter.

Here is an earlier painting of the coneflower:

© Eva-Maria Ruhl