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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Translucent Flower......


This is the last view of this particular iris. It is the last iris on the stem. It has given out some good blooms this spring. It is its first year in my garden and I hope to see more foliage and stems of blooms from it next year. The line design markings on falls of  this iris reminds me so much of the same lines on my old fashioned iris. This is not a large hybrid because of its medium size but it certainly looks like it was cross bred to be have these two different colors.

Photography information for these two is that the sunlight was very bright in early morning.  It seemed to make the petals show off how translucent the petals can be with the light shining through those standards.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Early Morning in Iowa.......


My first day of the summer in which I don''t have to work.  The little dog has me up early and I get rewarded with this view.


The sky was decorated with clouds for a long distance in the vertical.   It helps for me to get a good shot even with my foreground below all this being very undesirable. This could be a sky on the North Shore of Minnesota as I remember them well. The balsam pine tree represents the state as there are so many of these pines everywhere. My neighbors row of trees on the right of the photo makes it look like we are in a forest.

I was up early enough to get my flag hung on the front porch.  When you get up early you have extra trime to remember to get it up on Memorial Day.  I will leave it up all summer.  Photos will be following in a few days.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Contemplation of a Beauty.....



I drugged the garbage bin pass the peonies and I ended up rolling over this white bloom. I picked it then and brought it inside to go with an iris that also had a accident. The peonies are really starting to bloom out quickly by variety.  Some are still budded and don't look like they will open for a few more days.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Mock Orange.....


I am taking a day off from showing another iris shot.  I do have plenty that I can share but these blooms from my mock orange shrub are just now blooming. The fragrance is so wonderful. The shrub isn't really in full bloom yet but the flowers have started opening a few days ago.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Two New Blooms........


I am up early with the dog and the sun shines brightly giving me a strong light on this new iris. The iPhone picture is adequate but not my best work.  I bought this iris last summer and planted it so as to give it time to establish itself. I don't always succeed in getting them to bloom the next spring but it did this time. I guess it does make sense to get as much growth out of them even if they are new.  I know normally an iris planted in the fall will never bloom in the spring.

Another first time new bloom for me is this reddish one.  This iris doesn't weather well in the rain as you can see the standards, vertical parts, collapsed in the rain. I have one more bud that may give me a chance to get a perfect shot of a bloom in good shape. The above iris is more in the open and the rain didn't effect it at all. I suppose the random cross breeding doesn't mean they all get the best traits.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Natural Sculptural Work.........



There is no perfect angle in which to take a shot of a flag iris bloom.  The three falls and other petals never line up well with the camera.

The blue is so striking and the white markings on the side petals fit the design of the flower.  The nice thing about flag iris is that they do not seem to be effected by rain.  I don't like their short bloom time but they are still one of my favorites.