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This flower is part of a shrub and is known by Calliandra eriophylla.

Calliandra eriophylla, commonly known as Fairy Duster, is a low spreading shrub which is native to deserts and arid grasslands in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas and Mexico.

The flowers, which appear between late winter and late spring, have dense clusters of pale to deep pink stamens and are about 5 cm (2 in) wide.

The shrub is usually between 20 and 50 cm (8 and 20 in) high and has bipinnate leaves.

Alternative common names for this species include Mock Mesquite and Mesquitella. (Wikipedia)

Also check out Wild flower center for more info.

Taken with 150mm macro, ISO 640, f/4, SS 1/160, at sunset handheld.

Applied Kim Klassens new texture -Shine.


I am slightly disappointed that ISO needed to be so high, it created some unwanted noise. I was hand holding the 150 macro and I was racing against the sun. 😦

Here is another photo I took some time back of the same shrub:

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