When shooting flowers, we tend to want them to be just perfect, at their prime. Somehow we’ve defined that as what beautiful flowers look like. Their beauty at this stage attracts insects who find them a source of nourishment, and who in turn provide cross pollination for the flowers.
These guys are past their prime. They’re not perfect. Many have lost all their petals.
Yet they’re still beautiful, just not from the petals and perfection we expect from wildflowers in full bloom.
And in this stage they’re still doing something important — they’re becoming seeds that will be the next generation.
Each stage of life has beauty and purpose. For wildflowers, and for people.
Photographed at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.