I watched this delicate iris as it slowly transformed from a tight bud to a dying blossom, and found there was beauty in each step of the process.
I took this photo of a beautiful iris after a light rain. The accompanying quote is one of my favorites.
Irises are popular flowers, I think, because of their unusual structure. It’s easy to identify the flower from the distinctive yellow strip that leads bees to the pollen.
My previous blog, Help Me Decide, had photos with a horizontal format I’m turning into Happiness Cards. Here are the vertical ones I’m considering. Again, I’d appreciate your feedback.. I found your comments on my previous shots very helpful.
I’m ready to order another 5,000 Happiness Cards, having given away and sold close to 40,000 by now. Here are 10 photos I’m thinking of using in the new edition. They are here for your enjoyment but also your comments. Which ones do you like or don’t like?
I’m open to suggestions for positive quotations, too. Thanks for your help.
I planted a couple of bearded iris bulbs in the fall last year. They were in pots outside my kitchen window where I was able to watch the first leaves peek out of the soil, and weeks later, four buds began to appear on a long stem among the leaves. Nothing seemed to change for a long time. When the first bud showed a little color I took a few shots and I kept closer watch. Finally one morning as I was washing dishes I noticed that the first petal was slowly unfurling. I grabbed my camera and tripod to record the birth of the blossom. By the end of the day the beautiful peach colored iris was fully open. I enjoyed it outside until it became obvious that I needed to cut it and bring it inside for some studio work before it faded away. In the final two photos you can see that all the petals have drooped but its beauty is as evident at the end as it was at the beginning. See the slideshow below for the visuals:LIFE CYCLE OF AN IRIS