My 2013 calendar pick for July: a protea pin cushion flower

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San Diego County spreads over 4500 square miles from the ocean to the desert, while going through several mountains, and is home to a tremendous amount of plant and animal species. Some species are native and others have been brought over the past few centuries because they fare well in the local weather.

I’m not very educated when it comes to flower names in the area, unless they come with a name tag. The flower below didn’t but it still gave me the opportunity to take this beautiful picture. I love how the orange petals curl in on this very large flower. I did take this photo in July and I thought it’d make a very colorful choice for my 2013 photo calendar. Thanks to a friend of mine commenting on Facebook, I found out this is called a protea pin cushion flower, and the plant is native to South Africa. Beautiful.

My 2013 calendar pick for July: a protea pin cushion flower
My 2013 calendar pick for July: a protea pin cushion flower