Picture of the Day

Bouncing Bet Flower

August 23, 2021   ―-  Archive

Macro and Micro Picture of the Day 2021-08-23
License: Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Here is a bouncing bet (Saponaria officinalis) flower in the Lefthand OHV area of Boulder County, Colorado. This plant has been used for soap as it produces a lather when in water. Its name comes from English barmaids, called "Bets" who would clean bottles by putting a sprig of the plant in the bottle with water, then shaking it. It is considered an invasive weed in Colorado, and is poisonous. This photo was taken on August 14, 2021.

Equipment used: Canon EOS Rebel T5i with a standard zoom lens (EF-S 18-55 mm).

Authors: Richard Hollos and Stefan Hollos