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What else the rain brought out

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Copper Lily Flower with Pale Blue Sky 1772

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In October of 2011 Dee Smith alerted me to some copper lilies, Habranthus tubispathus, that he’d seen. His e-mail reminded me that I’d come across some of those little flowers a year or two earlier on a lot near the eastern end of Balcones Woods Dr., so I went back there and, sure enough, found about 10 of them.

Two days ago a similar thing happened when Kathy Comer e-mailed me about some copper lilies she’d seen, so once again I returned to the property a couple of miles from where I live, and this time I counted exactly four of these flowers. Because copper lilies don’t rise far from the ground, I lay down beside each one and aimed either sideways or, as here, upward.

[You’ve had three days of unexpected lilification, thanks to the welcome rain. Tomorrow I’ll resume the posts I’d originally planned.]

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 21, 2013 at 6:09 AM

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  1. Another lovely portrait, Steve. I always appreciate the clarity of your shots.

    Mufidah Kassalias

    July 21, 2013 at 6:34 AM

  2. it’s beautiful, and twice as lovely when i think of your vantage point to get that shot! what one does for art! z

    • There’s that song from A Chorus Line, “What I did for love,” but we can change it to “What I did for art.” At least you can arrange the objects in a painting however you want them; a nature photographer is more constrained.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 21, 2013 at 10:24 AM

  3. Je me régale à chaque nouvelle photo..


    July 21, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    • Beautiful, lovely shot; I love how you centered the Lily. I just discovered your site and truly admire your photography. I enjoyed reading your post on – My Techniques – and hope to learn from it how to improve my flower and other images. I am a happy amateur having fun with photography and learning what I can. Thanks for posting your beautiful work.


      July 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      • Welcome, Sheila. I’m pleased to hear your favorable reaction to this site. Let’s hope some of the techniques prove helpful to your photography. Come back and browse whenever you’d like.

        Steve Schwartzman

        July 21, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    • Vas-y, Chantal. Le fleur-de-lis est un symbole français, mais ces trois dernières photos ont célébré des fleurs-de-lis américains.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 21, 2013 at 6:35 PM

  4. I really do enjoy comparing photos of the same flower. I suppose you could take a dozen photos of copper lilies (or anything else, for that matter) and there would be delightful variations in each one. In this case, I was caught by the texture in this previous photo. It looks more like the rain lilies than this current photo – at least to me.

    These certainly do recall the fleurs-de-lis symbols so common here. Of course, ours generally are a reminder of New Orleans and the Saints more than the nation of France!


    July 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    • I compared the present picture with the former one, and I think a reason for the more-obvious texture in the previous image is the darker background, which intensified the translucence of the tepals in the sunlight. In the current photograph the sky was so bright that it made the flower seem a little less radiant than it really was. In any case, you’re right about the differences that can appear in multiple photographs of the same subject.

      Chantal’s comment made me think of France, but I know you have lots of Louisiana associations.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 21, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    • By the way, although people here often seem to think of copper lilies as yellow rain-lilies, it’s interesting that botanists don’t even classify the two in the same genus.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 21, 2013 at 8:04 PM

  5. Can’t ever get too much lilification!


    July 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM

  6. I have also enjoyed the “lilification”!


    July 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

  7. Superbe ces couleurs et de belles courbes dans les dessins de cette fleur.


    July 25, 2013 at 2:48 AM

  8. […] beginning of a week of cloudy/rainy weather in central Texas that called forth the rain-lilies and copper lilies you recently […]

  9. […] is from the same July 19th session along Balcones Woods Dr. that brought you a photograph of a copper lily. If you look carefully at the wisps of Clematis drummondii in the upper left corner of the […]

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