Probably America's most prominent agriculture scientist was Luther Burbank (1849-1926). He was responsible for creating more than 800 varieties of plants, vegetables, flowers, fruits, and grasses, including the worldwide success of the Russet Potato.
In 1875, He sold the rights to the Burbank Russet Potato for $150 and used the money to move from Massachusetts to Santa Rosa, California. Inspired by Charles Darwin's "The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication", Burbank did crossbreeding experiments on plants. Here he built his gardens, greenhouse and home, which is open today for touring to the public.
This image is Coneflowers, the 'signature' flower at the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens in Santa Rosa.
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JanD (0) 2009-09-03 6:16
Nice yellow flowers, good POV and capture. Very good focus. Nice colors.
BilboCA (734) 2009-09-03 6:59
We have a few of these growing in our backyard, too. (Same climate zone as Santa Rosa, more or less.)
This is a pleasing image with the flowers almost completely filling the frame. The yellow is well rendered and the contrast with the dark centers adds punch to the photo.
racheltafoya (509) 2009-09-03 13:21
This is a simple yet lovely image. I applaud you. The composition is well selected, with the little bit of empty space at the top. Without that the picture would have been too busy. Good job!
The colors are of course vibrant and I personally like the subject a lot. Very informative note, as usual. I always learn something when I visit your gallery, Ray, thank you for that. Now you've got me interested in these gardens as well as the ones you visited recently in Vancouver.
As for sailing in Clearlake, yes, there are always sailboats on the lake when there's a breeze, and as you know there is almost always a breeze here. We love this area but we don't have a boat, so if you decide to trade in your wind-surfing gear for a sailboat, please tell me when you're planning to use it! I've sailed before but it's been awhile. I'd love to experience it again, and I'd like to learn more about it.
dvlazar (6644) 2009-09-03 18:14
A nice array of yellow flowers :)
Perfect for the spring feeling in the air here in the southern hemisphere....
bukitgolfb301 (38004) 2009-09-04 18:00
Hello my dear Ray
What a fantastic and visionary shot !
That is quite sutable to see in the Satday morning!
Moderate exposure and sharpness are very effective.
Thick color balance is splendid too.
Congratulation on your masterpiece.
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
Have a solid weekend !
Charo (51210) 2009-09-06 17:57
A good bunch of daisies with a bright yellow. Very good light and detail.
It would be interesting to see more areas of the garden and see the different plants found therein.