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From the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens, 2010

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White Iris

May 27, 2012

“The white iris beautifies me.”
— Wallace Stevens, from “In The Carolinas”

White iris in the morning light

Detail, white iris

White iris, like white flounces

White iris after rain

More Iris Buds

May 26, 2012

Too beautiful not to try to capture in photos, paintings, and bouquets.

Sword-like iris buds

Iris buds with cross-process effect

Iris in the parking strip with posterized effect

Watercolor sketch of iris buds

Another watercolor sketch of iris buds

I’ve enjoyed watching my slender iris bouquet transform from buds to blooms.

Magical transformation from bud to bloom

Knife-like leaves of the iris flowers

Bearded iris flower in a vase on my kitchen window sill

Beautiful bearded iris

And now two flowers!

Make Way for Iris

May 2, 2011

Spring is a long parade of flowers, and next in line is the iris.  I’m now seeing iris buds, swaddled like little babes in tissue wrapping.  Blooms soon.

Border of budding iris

This photo resembles an impressionist painting.

Simple bouquet of budding iris

Watercolor sketch of iris buds

Blue Iris as Doorway

April 29, 2010

One of the first iris blooms of the season

A doorway into thanks . . .

Praying
by Mary Oliver

It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.

Pleasure in Flowers

June 4, 2009

White Iris in the Morning Light

White Iris in the Morning Light

Iris bud

Iris bud

White Iris

White Iris

White Iris

White Iris

Georgia O'Keeffe's Black Iris II, 1936

Georgia O'Keeffe's Black Iris II, 1936

“Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.”
     — Robert Frost, “A Prayer in Spring”