Floral Friday Fotos: red bird of paradise flowers

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Today I’m participating in Floral Friday Fotos. You can click on each photo for a larger view.

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This bright orange red flower with long stamens is called Caesalpinia pulcherrima, or red bird of paradise, or Mexican bird of paradise, to name a few. It grows on a shrub and I photographed it last summer at the San Diego Zoo. It was making red seed pods in the middle of the blooms.

If you’re still experiencing a lot of snow, ice or gray where you are today, I thought you could enjoy a little ray of sunshine and some bold colors. And to make you feel better, we’d had two straight days of rain showers in San Diego so it’s not all sunny here. But I won’t complain, we’re having a severe drought and any raindrop counts. Happy Friday!

Floral Friday Fotos: red bird of paradise flowers
Floral Friday Fotos: red bird of paradise flowers
Caesalpinia pulcherrima blooms - Mexican bird of paradise
Caesalpinia pulcherrima blooms – Mexican bird of paradise