Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Of all the autumn flowers, the chrysanthemum has the widest range of colors and forms. From simple daisy-like whites and purples through multi-petaled riots of sunset hues. Every color imaginable.
Potted mums are everywhere. A lucky choice at the supermarket flower counter or garden center can bring a blaze of color to your yard every autumn. Just as the summer flowers retire for the year.
Investigating the color swarm more closely, each blossom has an individual identity, its own unique form and particular array of colors. Together they harmonize into a perfect whole. And so it is with us humans.