Macro Monday: the hairpin banksia shrub and its blooms

Today I’m taking part in the Macro Monday photo challenge. You can click on each photo for a larger view.

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I ran across this shrub over the weekend and I had to take a few pictures of its very peculiar blooms. This is the hairpin banksia shrub, part of the protea family, originally from South Africa.

Macro Monday: hairpin banksia shrub
Macro Monday: hairpin banksia shrub

Take a closer look at the shrub’s blooms. I don’t even know if you could call them flowers. Aren’t they something?

Macro Monday: hairpin banksia shrub bloom
Macro Monday: hairpin banksia shrub bloom

Here’s an ever closer look at a hairpin banksia bloom. Nature sure had fun with this one!

Close-up of a hairpin banksia shrub bloom
Close-up of a hairpin banksia shrub bloom