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From white to yellow

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Copper Lily Flower Backlit 8064

Last time you saw the white of a rain lily. Now here’s the yellow-orange of a backlit copper lily, Habranthus tubispathus, that I found at Southeast Metropolitan Park on September 1. The backlighting silhouettes some of the flower’s inner parts.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 14, 2016 at 4:45 AM

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  1. Very beautiful, Steve.


    September 14, 2016 at 4:58 AM

  2. Love the stripes on the petals. Beautiful shot.


    September 14, 2016 at 7:05 AM

  3. Is the park in the Austin area?

    automatic gardener

    September 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM

  4. So alone and yet so vivid! Great picture!


    September 14, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    • Thanks. This copper lily was almost alone. Only one other still had a flower, the rest in the group having gone on to the seed stage. Backlighting can do wonders for vividness.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 14, 2016 at 9:35 AM

  5. I was at first confused by the name. The yellow is not copper-colored, but then again, the stripes are, sort of, so I guess it’s ok after all.


    September 14, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    • Names for colors are notoriously imprecise, with sometimes big differences from one language to another, and even within a language from one person to another. Somebody’s copper is somebody else’s orange or yellow-orange or brown.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 14, 2016 at 10:02 AM

  6. The light you captured is just perfect.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    September 14, 2016 at 10:49 AM

  7. The shadows of the interior parts are delightful. They remind me of the shadow play we enjoyed as kids — making rabbits and such with our hands and a flashlight.

    I went back and looked at several of your copper lily posts, like this one, and found those coppery stripes more or less present in them all. Even online photos of copper lilies that don’t show such distinct markings at least have a hint of the darker color inside the corolla. Which is to say — I still don’t think I’ve seen a copper lily.

    I found a few more yellow lilies a week or so ago, just outside the entrance to Armand Bayou. Like the one I found earlier, they were a pure, clear yellow, with not a hint of copper or orange to be seen. The good news is that their location means that a staff member or volunteer at Armand Bayou may have seen them, or know something about them. My first volunteer orientation is on Saturday, and the next week I’m signed up for an early morning photo walk with the fellow who put together their plant list, so I’ll have an opportunity to make some inquiries.


    September 14, 2016 at 9:29 PM

    • That second visit is the way to see a place: in the company of someone who’s an expert on the native plants there. The lilies probably won’t still be flowering then but you can bring along a bunch of the photographs you’ve taken and tell the expert where you found the flowers. If you can get a hold of the plant list before then, perhaps you’ll find that only one relevant species has been documented there. If more than one has been attested, that’s what the expert will be for.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 14, 2016 at 10:58 PM

  8. […] not sure of the species but some in this genus are known as copperleaf, so combine that with the subject of yesterday’s post and you’ve got today’s […]

  9. Kia ora from me too! Wonderful shot ..


    September 15, 2016 at 2:31 PM

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