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Morning glory flower: On-lookers' hearty delight and photographers' choicest subject
For those who pursue gardening as a hobby and photography as a passion, morning glory flower is great succour. Many hobbyists grow and tend the 'blue dawn flower' vines to decorate their house walls and fences.

Many flower admirers love to watch these saucer-shaped flowers that open up in the early morning hours around their house lawn or the courtyard. Some of my friends are fond of this flower and watch a few flowers in the morning with intent and admire their beauty both in terms of their colour, shape and patterns. They say that watching these flowers lifts their spirits.

Great intellectual Walt Whitman was fond of these flowers and he wrote, "A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books." And, the spiritualist Goswami Kriyananda says, "Happiness is NOW! It isn't tomorrow. It isn't yesterday. Happiness is like a morning glory: Yesterday's won't bloom again; tomorrow's hasn't opened yet. Only today's flower can be enjoyed today. Be happy this very moment, and you'll learn how to be happy always."

The morning glory flowers are vines belonging to the Magnoliopsida class, Convolvulaceae family, and Ipomoea genus of flowers. A full grown and well tended perennial morning glory vine can produce around 300 flowers in day in the morning. Though, the blue morning glory is commonly seen in domestic gardens but typical funnel-shaped blossoms can also be seen in white, red, purple and yellow.

If one watches carefully, the morning glory flowers show marks where the corolla is neatly rolled up in the bud, they start unfolding bloom and begin fading within 2 hours with the petals showing a visible curling. Some flowers are biggish in size spreading a few inches and their vines reach a height of around 12 feet with lush green foliage to make look the wall or fence beautiful.

To photograph a morning glory flower, get closer by setting the camera in close-up mode, organise a shallow depth of field and adjust the focus for sharpness and clarity of the picture. For making the flower to stand out avoid cluttering of the subject.

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