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African Iris

Posted by
Bill Brown (California, United States) on 16 June 2011 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

African Iris. Dietes iridioides, also called "fortnight lily". Fortnight lily hails from Kenya and eastern Africa ranging south to South Africa at the tip of the continent. They thrive in this area and are heavily used in landscaping.

Canon EOS 5D 1/200 second F/5.6 ISO 320 100 mm

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Deceptively simple . . which means not simple at all !

16 Jun 2011 7:18am

@Ronnie 2¢: That assessment is spot on for this flower because it is really two flowers in one. You have the six petal white flower with yellow ascent and a three petal lavender flower inside.

Mimosa from Kedah, Malaysia

Bravo! A stunning macro shot in detailed composition!

16 Jun 2011 7:33am

@Mimosa: Thank you Mimosa!

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Magnifique picture !

16 Jun 2011 10:03am

@DowsherVision: Thank you!

Siepi from Perk, Belgium

Very delicate flower, nicely captured.

16 Jun 2011 10:36am

@Siepi: Thank you Siepi!

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful crisp detail and strong colours in this beautiful macro Bill! Bravo! ;-)

16 Jun 2011 11:45am

@Eric Cousineau: Thank you Eric!

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful! I like the water drops. Lovely color!

16 Jun 2011 1:07pm

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you Elaine!

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Fortnite lillies !!!! I KNEW I recognized this flower! We had a million of them at our hose in San Diego but over time, those numbers dwindled somewhat, due to a certain person's disdain for having too much of the same thing in the garden. It was my fault - I loved jade plants so I planted millions of them around...that started a trend of slash and burn (sort of)... The African Iris (I like that name MUCH better) survived, in fewer numbers, but they survived. I always truly loved them. This is a wonderful specimen, Bill ...if this is from the same "Macro Day" that you did, then you have one tremendous garden which I now need to see before my bucket list is completely checked off.... Just a beautiful job here. I apologize for the awfully long digression. As you know, most of my comments are based on emotional response....I love your photography and this is a prime example! Cheers sir!

16 Jun 2011 2:48pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks for your comments Denny! I had to do a little research to come up with the name. We have lots of them in the yard which were already here when we purchased the home. One thing I discovered is that they require a lot of water to produce flowers abundantly.

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is a beauty! Gorgeous shot, Bill.

18 Jun 2011 3:13am

@Steve Rice: Thank you Steve!

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Beautiful colors and composition. The textures in the petals are so nice too.

18 Jun 2011 10:21am

@Ana Lúcia: Thank you Ana Lúcia!

LauraS from Chico, United States

Oh, just lovely. Really beautiful.

18 Jun 2011 7:10pm

@LauraS: Thank you!

Canon EOS 5D
1/200 second
ISO 320
100 mm