I took this picture of a lone Peony in my garden before its beauty was blighted by the rain. The front of the Peony was tightly packed petals, so dense that the middle of the flower was unseen.
The back of the flower had more interest to me with the raspberry ripple effect on the base of the petals. The heads of these flowers are so heavy that the stem falls over if unsupported.
Looking through some quotes I found one that so aptly fitted my feelings towards this particular bloom. The following quote is by Auguste Rodin.
'The artist is the confidant of nature, flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards him.'