Driving from Vienna to Salzburg (Austria’s two most famous cities), the bright colours and imposing structure of Melk Abbey catches the eye. Located in the small town of Melk about an hour from Vienna, it was founded as a Benedictine abbey in 1089. The Baroque abbey seen in the photograph was built in the early 18th century. The abbey houses the remains of several members of Austria’s first ruling dynasty, the House of Babenberg.
The petal arrangement of this flower is rather unusual. Normally, the petals of a flower are smaller and concentrated more closely together. In this case however, the yellow petals are abnormally large, and spread out relatively loosely. Due to the large size of the petals, the internal part of the flower is in the shadow, and seems to be getting enveloped by the petals. Also, interestingly, the petals form a sort of infinite staircase. If you start at any petal any go anti-clockwise, you will notice that you will only have to climb, never descend. Naturally, the reverse is true if you go clockwise. This is another feature of this flower that makes it unique and engrossing.
My first entry in The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge, this photograph captures the essence of the colour yellow. While the colour yellow can range from a dark ochre to a pale cream, the quintessential shade of yellow is the one in the above photograph. It is the shade of yellow which comes to mind immediately when someone says “yellow”.
The flower in the photograph is a dandelion, and a prime example of one at that. It is almost perfect in its shape and no petals and broken or bent. Once again the perfection of nature expresses itself.
(Submitted to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: “Details“, “Vibrant“, “Circle“, “Vivid” and “Yellow“)
This ant somehow found its way up onto this flower. It looked unsure about what to do though, and ran around the edges of the flower.
(Entered in the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: “Close Up“.)