When I was small I used to be dead scared of these flowers. I could never think of smelling them or feeling them. I always imagined them to be living things which would start crawling any moment. Now when I run my fingers and get the velvety feel I laugh at my silly childhood fears.
These shots were taken at a flower show in Lal Bagh, Bangalore. Each flower was so huge, may be almost the size of human brain. Here is a macro shot of red coxcomb.