Aquilegia Columbine Granny’s Bonnet

The beautifully complex, purple-headed petals of this Aquilegia, the Columbine ‘Granny’s Bonnet’, shows one flower closed with its ‘hooks’ clustered together and the other spread open, flashing its yellow stamen. 

The three names of this plant reveal interesting descriptions for the same flower: the ‘Granny’s Bonnet‘ is because of the shape of the open petals of the flower, akin to a Grandmother’s hat; ‘Aquilegia‘ stems from the Latin for ‘Eagle’ due to the hooked ‘talons’ at the rear of the flower head; and ‘Columbine’ again comes from the Latin for ‘Dove‘ as when the the flower is looked at from the side, the five petals resemble Doves’ perching.

*Shot on an Olympus E-PL7 16mp m4/3 digital camera using a legacy Asashi Super-Takumar 55mm f/1.8 lens (Pentax K mount) with camera settings at ISO-200, aperture at f/5.6, spot metering mode and an exposure time of 1/500 seconds*

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