I liked the juxtaposition of the flower in full bloom with the buds just above it.

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Richard: This is a new variety of milkweed for me and a really good capture of it. If you don’t mind me asking, where did you find this? I also like your DOF choice with the BG buds slightly OOF. Feels just right to me. Nicely done. >=))>

Bill: this plant was found in Lakewood, CO. Lakewood is a Denver suburb. Thanks too for the comment. Richard

Richard, Enjoying this photo very much . Composition is great and the buds add to the total.

Richard, I like this image. the leaves frame the flowers well. good dof choice to keep flowers sharp. I haven’t seen this variety either.

Richard, Your milkweed is outstanding. The milkweed in our wildflower garden in Minnesota has not bloomed out yet, I don’t recall such a showy flower. You will have me looking. Your perfect focus on the spiny flower speaks, “Don’t mess with me.” I agree with @Bill_Fach about the OOF buds. Great image.

In addition to the outstanding impact of the flower, the supporting curly leaves are a definite plus. As the others have said, it is a new variety for me as well. Nice to see.