They are a large and gorgeous group, the lilies. Fragrant, elegant, sturdy, and cleanly symmetrical.
A hothouse Asiatic lily from the store, this beauty is big.
The same lily from a different angle – desaturated, with noise (graininess) added.
This time I used a long exposure while zooming the lens and intentionally keeping everything out of focus.
And another grainy, softly colored rendition of the lily from behind.
Outdoors, the natural light on a rain-and-clouds-and-sun kind of day lays evenly across this botanic garden spider lily.
From above, little wild fawn lilies (Erythronium columbianum) on Echo Mountain in Western Washington nod their lovely heads musically.
Another wild fawn lily, Erythronium revolutum, is naturalized around a lawn at the Kruckenburg Botanical Garden in Seattle.
Lilium columbianum, the wild Tiger lily, growing here in the Snoqualmie National Forest. We took a short hike on the Lodge Lake Trail, where we met through hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail – that means they were intending on traveling all or most of the 2,650 mile long trail that stretches from Canada to Mexico. Lodge Lake Trail is a tiny portion of the PCT. Happily for the through hikers, wild berries were abundant that August day and civilization (re-supply, showers, beer!) was close. Happily for me, no one had bothered this beauty as it stood proud alongside the trail.
A Martagon lily at Bellevue Botanical Garden is ready for pollinating. This one smelled like a tangerine candy – fantastic!
A black and white study of spider lilies (Crinum asiaticum) at Snug Harbor Botanical Garden in Staten Island, New York City.
A poem –
The modest Rose puts forth a thorn,
The humble sheep a threat’ning horn:
While the Lily white shall in love delight,
Nor a thorn nor a threat stain her beauty bright.
and a proverb –
This Chinese proverb gets translated differently, but I’ll stick with this version because it goes so well with today’s post:
When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.