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Full circle

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While the change from pristine white to reddish magenta shown in the last photograph signals the approaching doom of a rain-lily flower, it’s surprising to find out that a similarly warm color also marks the rain-lily’s slender bud in a way that gives no hint of the dazzling white that will soon emerge from what’s encased within. The elongated shape of a bud foreshadows that of the aging, collapsing flower, except that the bud is still full of an energy that keeps its form streamlined and under tight and tapering control.

On September 20, two days after I took the morning pictures that appeared in the last three posts, I returned to the site late in the afternoon so I could photograph the colony in a different and warmer light. Somehow I’d never showed a picture of a rain-lily bud last year or earlier this year, so it was high time to make up for the omission. This bud and others were still emerging from the colony, even if most of the flowers had already added varying amounts of magenta.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 23, 2012 at 6:14 AM

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