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We had rain

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Rain-Lily Flower 1123

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We had scattered rain from last weekend through Wednesday evening, so now we have scattered rain-lilies. I found this Cooperia pedunculata flower yesterday morning close to Bull Creek.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 19, 2013 at 6:02 AM

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  1. You could absolutely have got some of our rain too. Nice photo.


    July 19, 2013 at 6:56 AM

    • Texas is still in a drought, so if you could send us some more of your rain, that would be great.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2013 at 7:17 AM

  2. Just Gorgeous, Steve. One of my faves. Love white flowers.

    Lisa Vankula-Donovan

    July 19, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    • It’s good that you’re a lover of white flowers, Lisa, because you’ve had two in a row here. I never get tired of photographing rain-lilies, so I was glad to see a few springing up after the recent rain.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2013 at 8:03 AM

  3. So fresh and clean thanks MJ


    July 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM

  4. Elle ouvre ses pétales pour accueillir quelques gouttes de pluie.. superbe cliché Steve!
    bon week end


    July 19, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    • À vrai dire, Chantal, les fleurs de ce genre s’ouvrent quelques jours après la pluie, et c’est pour ça qu’on les appelle rain-lilies.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2013 at 12:33 PM

  5. Rain~ oh lucky you! I love this breathtaking shot of the rain lily.


    July 19, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    • Texas is in a drought again, so we needed that rain, which unfortunately only amounted to a few inches in total. The Highland Lakes that are Austin’s source of water are down to about 3/8 full, and we still have the hottest part of the summer ahead of us. But yes, for the moment we have rain-lilies; I went out again today and found plenty more than the few strays I saw yesterday.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

  6. The background texture is incredible!!


    July 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM

  7. Living up here in MD, I have never seen a rain-lily. How big are they?


    July 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    • The flower itself is an inch or at most two inches across, but the slender floral tube leading from the ground all the way up to the flower can be as much as a couple of feet long. I saw a few that tall today.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 19, 2013 at 5:34 PM

  8. That is a very lovely little lily, Steve. Well-captured whites too.

    Steve Gingold

    July 20, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    • I’m grateful for my 5D Mark III and Adobe Camera Raw, which together let me hold on to highlight details. And yes, the rain-lily is one of Texas’s little wonders.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 20, 2013 at 2:29 PM

  9. My goodness. I had no idea they could grow so tall. I can’t remember seeing any that were more than perhaps 8″ or 9″ tall, and I think most I’ve seen were shorter than that. We’ve not had enough rain yet to encourage them – the scattered showers are more scattered than showery. But there’s still hope for this weekend. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy your lilies.


    July 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    • In my experience around Austin the very tall ones aren’t common, and I’d say the size you mention is typical.

      Good luck with more rain. Ours ended by Thursday morning, but at least some previously dry creeks are flowing now; others have already slowed or completely stopped again.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

  10. Very nice Steve!!


    July 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM

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