Several years ago a friend took me to the Schreiner Iris Garden in Oregon. Nearby was a small Peony garden where I took several pictures of Peonies in there past glory. To me the dying flowers were just as amazing as when they were in bloom. It's almost as if they have turned themselves inside out to show the other side of the bloom.
In the spring the central valley of Oregon, the Willamette Valley is ablaze with what looks like stripes of colors side by side. Glorious reds, yellows, oranges, purples, in the fall the blueberry bushes loose their leaves and the branches become another amazing color of red. Artists paint these amazing fields of flowers and the paintings look so unreal, as if those solid vibrant colors couldn't really exist, but they do. I am so grateful to live in such a beautiful state.