A bird of paradise flower, comrades

The sixth year of this blog starts with a photo I took to isolate a bird of paradise flower against the blue sky. But when I looked at it, my first thought was that it looked like some kind of Soviet emblem from the days of the Cold War, possibly something associated with the space race or armaments.

The only thing that rules that out is that the flower is far too colorful for that kind of thing. Perhaps the version below would be more appropriate. Onward comrades to Year 7.

11 thoughts on “A bird of paradise flower, comrades

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  2. naturebackin

    That is so interesting that the colours of the flower had kind of totalitarian associations for you. This (South African) flower has the colours of the old South African flag with all its associations with an inhumane apartheid-based government, and so there are images of this flower that can also make me feel queasy.
    Congrats on six years of blogging!

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    1. Graham Post author

      It wasn’t the colors that struck me, but the dramatic shape of the flower and the glint of sunlight. That’s why I did the B&W version, which seems rather more apropos for the grey (my impression) world of the Soviets.


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