Portraits of Wildflowers

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Svelte or streamlined, take your pick

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Rain Lily Bud 4025

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Either epithet fits the bud of this rain lily, Cooperia pedunculata, that I photographed along Great Northern Blvd. on August 19.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 4, 2016 at 4:58 AM

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  1. The dark burgundy sheath is a beautiful complement to the bud. These flowers seem infinitely interesting and varied. The grass in the vacant lot that holds “my” rain lilies is clearly inviting the mowers to show up again, so I’ve been going over every day and harvesting their seeds, then sowing them on land that doesn’t have “For Sale” signs front and center.


    September 4, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    • They do seem infinitely interesting and varied, and I’ve never tired of trying to show that diversity photographically. Because the rain here got spread out over a couple of weeks, new rain lilies kept popping up for the same amount of time starting a few days after the first rain. It’s great that you’ve found a place you can rely on for these graceful wildflowers. The “For Sale” signs are inevitable for most parcels of land, I’m afraid, but at least some properties will outlive us.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 4, 2016 at 8:13 AM

  2. There is perfection in simplicity, and this is so. Beautiful image Steven.

    Pete Hillman

    September 4, 2016 at 8:42 AM

  3. My first impression leaned more toward “eager!”


    September 4, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    • In what way did you see this as “eager”? Eager to open into a flower? (As an aside, I was eager to photograph it, but you could say that about me with respect to a great many things.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 4, 2016 at 10:56 AM

  4. Lovely flower and lovely bud. Tightly wrapped would be another descriptive epithet.

    Steve Gingold

    September 4, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    • This is one species for which I’m as fond of the buds as the open flowers. In a group there are usually individuals in both stages, so I get a double chance to play with my camera.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 4, 2016 at 6:00 PM

  5. My pick is streamlined.


    September 5, 2016 at 5:08 AM

  6. So simple, yet so beautiful; something truly special for the eye.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    September 15, 2016 at 5:31 PM

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