The Bird of Paradise flower is native to South Africa, but in South Africa it's referred to as the Crane Flower.
This is my oil painting of our Bird of Paradise bush in our back yard which is in full bloom.
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Believe it or not, this is a painting by one of my favorite artists Stephen Magsig. He has a blog called Postcards From Detroit where he posts a new painting every day. His daily paintings are not this large, as this one is 42"x36", but they all have the color and super realistic look. I think the guy is amazing.