Dutch Explosion (Acocotli)-Flower series 1

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Mixed Media, 2020
30 x 40″ 

Originating from Central and South America, the Aztecs valued dahlias, also known as Acocotli (meaning “water-pipe”), for their versatility as a source of sustenance, water storage, and medicinal purposes. Spanish conquistadors marveled at the sight of Aztec warriors donning helmets adorned with these multi-functional flowers. Today, dahlias are revered as the national flower of Mexico, boasting a staggering diversity of at least 36 species and tens of thousands of cultivated varieties. The petals of dahlias are not only visually appealing but also edible, offering a unique flavor profile reminiscent of a spicy blend of apples and carrots. Additionally, botanists have discovered that the more you prune a dahlia flower, the more it blooms, producing an abundance of blossoms in its place.

In this image, my intention was to showcase the resplendent beauty of the Acocotli flower as observed within the enchanting landscape of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

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