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Red Eagle's Talons

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The vivid color of the Eastern Red Columbine flower immediately caught my eye as I walked down a familiar forest path.  I had never seen this beautiful flower before and feel blessed to have made its acquaintance.  Aquilegia, the flower’s genus name (Aquilegia canadensis), refers to the red petals that resemble the shape of an eagle’s talons.  It seemed a most fitting choice for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Vivid from The Daily Post.