As many readers will know, daylilies owe their name to their short life span. Opening in the coolness of early morning, they wither, exhausted, that same night. Miraculously, they are replaced the very next morning by fresh, new blooms on the same “scape,” or stem.

These bulbs were planted years ago in a pachysandra border, where they have thrived ever since, the trumpet-shaped blossoms returning faithfully and in greater numbers every spring.

No flowers seem to vary in color more, as light conditions change, than these deep red lilies. They can appear magenta as they do here, shot under a bright overcast sky, or take on a rustier hue (less blue) in sunnier conditions. This apparent variability frustrated me when I first began to photograph them years ago, before I fully understood the effects of ambient light.

Click on the photo twice to see an astonishing degree of detail, courtesy of my small, new and truly revolutionary camera.

July 21, 2013 was a banner day for this blog. The photos for three posts were taken on that day — for this and the two preceding – and all were of flowers.

Click the image to view it full screen, click again for finer detail, and click the back arrow to return. Enjoy!
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