Closing Up for the Night

Closing Up for the Night - May 2013

Closing Up for the Night – Osteospermum, May 2013

Closing Up for the Night - May 2013

Closing Up for the Night – Osteospermum, May 2013

These Osteospermum flowers are in a large cauldron outside, and during the day they open right out, their petals reaching out so much that they begin to curve underneath. But when the day is ending and the sun moves away from them they gradually reign themselves back in again, drawing their petals towards their centre and tucking them in tight. I love the pretty stripes they reveal when they do this (which you can see more clearly in the top picture).

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