If You’re Not Fond of Irises–Look at its Details and You’ll Change Your Mind

I’m not overly fond of irises. Their early Spring colors are certainly a welcoming sight in the garden, but at a long-distance glance they don’t move me that much.

A few years ago when I was experimenting with the macro setting on my point-and-shoot camera, I moved in closer on one of my pink iris and I was blown away.

Just the tiniest detail is, in itself, stunning: the darker specks of color, splashed onto the falls as if nature flung a paintbrush over top; the golden beard lighting the way for the bees.

I love the way the falls are frilled on the edges like the folds of a shiny taffeta dress underlined with crinolines.


Looking down into the folds reminds me of what it must be like to enter an icy cavern–overwhelmed by the enveloping wall of color.

Yes, I may not like the iris as a whole, but I do find many redeeming characteristics. It’s the way we should perceive our fellow man too, shouldn’t it? Every one has redeeming qualities.

Daily Gratitude: a good boot camp session, finally breaking the angry wall of a 7-year old boy, fresh flounder

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19 thoughts on “If You’re Not Fond of Irises–Look at its Details and You’ll Change Your Mind

  1. I love irises and even photographed a few on my aqueduct walk for the summer challenge, but they didn’t’ turn out too great. I didn’t add them to the post. Love yours! 😉

  2. Thanks for the link. I understand ambivalence about irises, even though I love their brilliant display in early spring. Their green leaves can sometimes be a problem in the garden afterwards. I’m probably going to clip mine back again this year to let the other plants shine.

  3. The fancy party dress of flowers. 🙂 Lovely photos, nice macros and views into the secret beauty of the Iris.

  4. I LOVE irises, in general, and these images are incredible! I don’t have a dedicated macro lens for my SLR, so I’ll have to take my point and shoot along with me the next time I go out and try this on other flowers.

  5. Oh, but I have a comment on iris, you must see all the different shapes and colors of the iris in person, up close and personal. I myself have many and am always looking for different colors. I have one section of our yard dedicated to the iris. Then again, all of us flower people have our favorites, sometimes more than a few.

  6. Oh, I love irises…the lines, colors, curves…I think they are soooo sensual… you may not like them as a whole, but you sure captured the essence of their beauty…and I love your imagination about each part! (btw..I like them in smaller, wilder places…or just one standing brightly in a spot…not all huge and frilly in a “fancy” garden…. : ) )

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