All closed up, the zinnia bud is a nugget of tiny beauty with its lime green color, magenta heart, and scalloped edging. It unfolds with petal pointed sharpness into a lovely zinnia flower with a circlet of yellow stars. The zinnia bud image (first in this series) made Flickr's Explore on June 20th. Explore posts the 500 most interesting pictures of the day. They receive, as you can imagine, much attention from the wide photo sharing audience that posts to Flickr. On that photo site, my screen name is Dorchester, the area of Boston, Massachusetts where I grew up.