Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) – Laguna Beach, California

The Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) is one of my very favorite flowers, and this specific example was just one in many hundreds that I saw on this particular day. I love every over-the-top aspect of this bloom – the crazy colors, the jarring semi-architectural angles, the very weirdness of it. To me, it’s like an exotic hand beckoning me to follow it somewhere, but in wild Technicolor hues.

Photo info:
Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)
Heisler Park
Laguna Beach, California
May 1997
Fujifilm Velvia 50 slide film
Leica Noctilux 50/1.0 lens
Leica M3 35mm film camera