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Guest Post 8: Canada lily from below

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And here’s a closer look, in isolation and from below, of a flower of the Canada lily, Lilium canadense, that I encountered at Bartholomew’s Cobble on June 29.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 19, 2012 at 12:56 PM

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  1. Beautiful – LOVE it!!!

    cravesadventure

    July 19, 2012 at 6:37 PM

  2. Magnificent! I want one!

    Bonnie Michelle

    July 19, 2012 at 7:52 PM

  3. They certainly come in a variety of colors. I like the way some of the blooms can hang down, like temple bells.

    shoreacres

    July 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    • The website of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center describes the flowers of this species as pendulous. That posture prompted me to get underneath one of the flowers and aim upward, as you see here. (This species aside, I’m often tempted to aim my camera at odd angles.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2012 at 10:17 PM

  4. It’s a beauty! A little like a day lily and a little like a tiger lily.

    montucky

    July 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM

  5. Une étoile terrestre ! Magnifiquqe

    lancoliebleue

    July 20, 2012 at 12:55 AM

  6. A beautiful flower and I love the simplicity and contrasting colours of the photo!

    Mountain Dweller

    July 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    • I’m glad you share my fondness for simplicity. I agree that the blue sky brought out the colors of the flower.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 20, 2012 at 1:10 PM

  7. It reminds me of the bright pinwheels we played with as children.

    Marcia Levy

    July 21, 2012 at 6:42 AM

    • Now that’s something I hadn’t thought about in decades, an association I never would have made. I’m glad you remembered those pinwheels.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 21, 2012 at 7:55 AM

  8. After seeing this view, it’s confirmed, I prefer the native species much better. They are both pretty, but this one is just stunning. I’ve yet to find these, so my quest continues. According to the USDA map they should be around here. Fantastic shot Steve!!!

    dhphotosite

    July 21, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    • Perhaps a local chapter of a native plant society can point you to some of these lilies in the wild, or maybe a nursery specializing in native plants can sell you one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 21, 2012 at 2:47 PM

  9. I like the details in this Steve!

    Michael Glover

    July 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM

  10. […] also used the maximum 400mm reach of my telephoto to portray a closed lily (perhaps a Canada lily, Lilium canadense) that I noticed leaning out into the gorge. I chose a position that let me line […]


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