The first, obvious rule of photographing flowers is to catch them when they’ve first opened, virginal and fresh — for photos magnify every slight imperfection. This is not as easy as it sounds. We’re all busy; it’s easy to let a day slip by before again checking the blooms, only to find you’re again too late.

Some flowers are hardy enough that they still look fresh after several days, barring rain. In that case the photographer may only have to remove a fly speck or two in the digital editor. Others, like the iris, are highly perishable, and may not remain at the peak of perfection for more than a day.

I had been watching our wonderful patch of Siberian Irises (cultivar “Caesar’s Cousin”) for an opportunity. They bloom late here on the cool edge of the pond, and the last few have just now opened. Finally, yesterday, I spied one that was not only fresh, but had arranged itself artistically. The light was close to ideal, with the sky overcast but bright, yielding a luminous, shadowless light. A breeze off the pond was whipping the flower back and forth. I kept shooting, hoping to catch it during an infrequent lull in the wind.

Of course, a little luck helps on these occasions. After years of trying, I finally succeeded in capturing this exquisite flower at its best. The date was May 29, 2012, at 12:08 pm.

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4 Responses to Siberian Iris*

  1. Terry Sullivan says:

    Ron, This photograph of your Iris is magnificent. Your photography skills are very polished.

  2. Dick Quinn says:

    Wow! Perfect bokeh. Iradescent violets. Dusting pollen. An inner flame. Gorgeous!

    (Thanks for the setup that allows double-clicking to see full size.)

  3. Rob Forney says:

    Ron, I just wanted to say how much I appreciate your blog! As recent residents on Hardy Pond (1 year now), we’ve found your photos and essays a great introduction and companion to life on the pond. Thanks, and keep up the great work!

    And the iris picture is one of your best flora shots. It’s a nice balance to have these pictures along with the fauna “action” shots.

  4. Robin Mirollo says:

    One word, exquisite!

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