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These flowers have always caught my eye and I've always heard they're toxic; however you find them everywhere (even in the garden of my high school there's one). Today, with this beautiful one at hand, I decided to take some shots and do some research.
What I found is that this innocent and beautiful flower (Brugmansia arborea; also called Angel's trumpet, like Datura) is a powerful drug. Although it's commonly grown in gardens, the entire plant is a poison. Like Datura, it's sometimes ingested for recreational or shamanic intoxication, but it can be fatal. It contains the tropane alkaloids scropolamine and atropine. Consumption is a shamanic ritual in Western Amazonia and Peru. And this is what Cro-Magnon Ayla prepared... It seems that some dangerous and stupid criminals give it a different use, as a drug to sedate their victims.
The shot was taken in a friend's garden overlooking Baiona, holding the flower against the beautiful blue sky. Post-processing consisted of saturation, contrast and sharpening.
The information was taken from Wikipedia and several online sources.
I hope you like it. Have a nice day (and don't lick your fingers after touching these flowers!).
I've posted a WS with a close-up.

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