Photographer's Note

Linum grandiflorum rubrum or scarlet flax is a beautiful, scarlet garden plant which, as far as I know, has no specific use other than looking good.
It is, however, a cousin of the blue Linum usitatissimum which can be used for several purposes including oils (linseed oil) and clothing - the latter made famous already by the old Egyptians.
Linum grandiflorum has tiny flowers of approx. 2 cm accross, and each flower lasts only one day. The plants produce new flowers aplenty, though, and you can see in the photo that reinforcement for this particular flower is already on its way. Supposedly, the flowers only open in sunlight, but this little flower braved a fairly overcast sky and flowered to its (and my) hearts content despite the weather.
Sorry, Robert, I forgot. In fact, nothing much was done to this photo, just crop, USM, resize and upload. No enhancement of colours or contrast, it was "born" this way ;-)

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Additional Photos by Bente Feldballe (milloup) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 608 W: 65 N: 329] (1829)
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