Flower | East Wenatchee, WA | February 2020

I’ll spare you the flora innuendo (“Is that a sticky pistil?”) and instead marvel at the complex beauty of blooms. To me, not even 130 million years of evolution explains the countless variations — artful curves and colors — of the flower world. Each bloom is a living miracle of design and function shaped to attract a specific pollinator. More amazing, several of these wonders stand in the sun on our kitchen counter. They’re so captivating that whenever we pass we can’t help but whisper thanks and praise.

Bonus photo: Flower #2

[In photos: With coaxing, these amaryllis blooms pop into existence every winter.]