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Two rain-lilies touching

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Two rain-lilies (Cooperia drummondii) touching along Balcones Woods Drive in Austin on July 1st.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 10, 2017 at 4:55 AM

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  1. Awww, they’re in love! — Jenny Meadows in New Zealand.


    July 10, 2017 at 5:06 AM

    • Then I’m afraid they’re doomed to a short-lived love, as rain-lily flowers last only a few days.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 10, 2017 at 6:56 AM

  2. Auguste Rodin had a few words that seem appropriate:

    “The artist is the confidant of nature. Flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms. Every flower has a cordial word, which nature directs towards him.”


    July 10, 2017 at 7:59 AM

  3. Sooo pretty…


    July 10, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    • I’ve done plenty of rain-lily portraits over the years but rarely of two together, and probably never so harmoniously together. This was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 10, 2017 at 8:29 AM

      • Absolutely. If rain-lilies grew here we’d have quite a crop, given the weather we’ve been having.


        July 12, 2017 at 6:53 AM

        • Too bad for you that rain-lilies grow only in the south-central part of the country.

          Steve Schwartzman

          July 12, 2017 at 7:15 AM

          • As it happened, they would have drowned had they been here. We got 7 inches in one night, on top of the rain from previous days. We finally got all the water out of the basement by the end of yesterday, but more rain is predicted.


            July 13, 2017 at 8:39 AM

            • Oh, I’m sorry to hear about your flooded basement and the prediction of still more rain. Let’s hope it goes somewhere else that needs it.

              Steve Schwartzman

              July 13, 2017 at 8:45 AM

              • Yes, for sure. The whole town is still pretty much under water but we’re drying out here.


                July 14, 2017 at 8:23 AM

                • Happy drying out to you. Our country is so large that there’s always one place flooding while another is getting parched.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  July 14, 2017 at 1:19 PM

                • True that. We are in recovery, the smell of damp is receding, and it is a gorgeous day. I’m ignoring the call for rain tomorrow…


                  July 15, 2017 at 8:48 AM

                • Coincidentally, this morning Eve spoke with her sister in the Philippines, whose house just got flooded after a downpour.

                  Steve Schwartzman

                  July 15, 2017 at 9:58 AM

                • Oh, no, I’m sorry to hear that. May all our houses magically rise up on stilts!


                  July 16, 2017 at 9:51 AM

                • Ah, if only.


                  Steve Schwartzman

                  July 16, 2017 at 9:56 AM

  4. They are beautiful, Steve!

    Lavinia Ross

    July 10, 2017 at 11:12 AM

  5. Love this picture! Can I use it on our blog, http://www.dallasgardenbuzz.com

    Dallas Garden Buzz

    July 10, 2017 at 1:25 PM

    • Be my guest, as long as you include a link back to this post. Let’s see how much buzz the picture brings to the gardens of Dallas.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 10, 2017 at 1:44 PM

  6. Strikingly lovely.

    Kathryn Hardage

    July 10, 2017 at 7:26 PM

  7. They are lovely and delicate; do they have that delicate and subtle ‘lily’ aroma?

    • I barely detect any aroma from an individual rain-lily. However, there have been times when large colonies of them have smelled wonderful.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 10, 2017 at 8:54 PM

  8. Gorgeous shot!!


    July 12, 2017 at 7:49 PM

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