Friday, May 30, 2014

My Iris



The iris are almost all gone and it is not yet June.  Summer came for about four days last week and then rains and spring returned to find only the last blossoms of the iris hanging on.  My greedy soul finds it so hard to accept the brevity of every blossom.  After months of gray and white and stark silhouettes the soul is hungry for color and shape and that heavy perfume that smells like sweet grape juice.  These fleur de les dance like veils in the breeze and seem to just bounce in and then right back out the door before I can capture them for posterity!  And yet, I have so very many, that I should be guilty with my greed.



 I rush out to protect them from heavy rain and crazy wind and they are always awake before me.


Their furry throats call to me to look deep inside for something exotic and forbidden.



Over 300 varieties and people name their children and their restaurants and their technologies and even their songs after this beauty.  But they cannot claim her excellence.



Even I cannot destroy her elegance with my digital manipulations!

20 comments:

joeh said...

One of my favorites also!

Celia said...

Such a tender color of salmon on the first one. Delicate, not meant to last I guess but very welcome.

Linda Reeder said...

So beautiful, and so fleeting. I think they are one of the most exotic looking flowers in nature, and yet they are so common we can forget to really appreciate them.

kenju said...

Such lovely photos of my favorite flower.

Red said...

Great description and photos of your irises.

messymimi said...

Too pretty!

Brian Miller said...

ha. they are so lacy and tender...the furry throats...i always think of saloon girls when i see them...well before my time, but i grew up watching westerns with grandpa, so....smiles.

Jenny Woolf said...

I love irises too. And your manipulated photo is lovely, at first I thought it was a pastel drawing!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images, so close Tabor.

Granny Annie said...

Much to my discontent my Iris are already gone.

ellen abbott said...

These are so beautiful. I grow some iris but not the bearded ones. And I don't believe I've ever seen an iris that coral color in the first pic.

Hilary said...

Oh my, these are so beautiful. You have such a lovely variety of these gems. And photographed so well.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

You amaze me...
Beautiful
and when I bought a camera
not many years ago
I wanted to be able to take
some images
like you.
You were
I believe the first to
respond at my attempt
with a blog
which I call a journal
for my children and grandchildren.
Thank you
for the encouragement over
the years and your kind words.

Kat said...

Wow. Those irises are GORGEOUS. I just love them. They are so exotic looking. Just beautiful.
I feel the same way about my tulips (well, they aren't quite as breathtaking but I just love them). Their happy colors and soft petals do not last long enough. A couple of weeks TOPS and then they are gone. :(

TexWisGirl said...

congrats on your POTW! :)

Glo said...

Wonderful that their beauty was captured in your photos ~ now they can last for much longer :)

ladyfi said...

Wow - these shots are gorgeous!

Out on the prairie said...

Lovely captures, a favorite with me

Gail Dixon said...

You captured these beauties so perfectly.

Jinksy said...

And your digital art only adds to Nature's beauty. :-)