Many thanks to Chris Krull who identified this plant as a Protea. Susan purchased a bunch because she thought they looked primitive. As it turns out, the Protea grew on Gondwanaland 300 million years ago. Good call, Susan!
I almost for got the monochrome, split tone version.
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: AF Micro-Nikkor 105mm f2.8 D
Exposure: ISO 200, f/22 @ 3s, tripod, RAW
Lighting: Calumet Quattro Dish and Flashpoint small bank fluorescent lights
Location: Grand Center Artist Loft Studios GPSProcessing: Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5 HDR Pro and Nik Silver Efex Pro