When it comes to the basket-flower (Centaurea americana), the intricately woven basket is only the beginning. Equally appealing are the pink, purple, or white flower heads that appear to be beckoning insects and humans alike to have a closer look.
Colonies can be a blur of color, but individual flowers deserve a second glance, or to be viewed from a different angle.
This slightly unkempt specimen from a suburban ditch seems to be having a bad hair day.
Meanwhile, in the shadow of an abandoned power plant, the inherent elegance of the flower shines.