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Wood Lilies

wood liliesFriends, these wood lilies are such a brilliant hue that I had to turn down the saturation a bit, I know I rarely turn the saturation down, it is usually turned up a bit, but the colors are very bright and I felt that subduing the orange a bit would help the details.  I wished to emphasize the centers of these three flowers, so in processing, I straightened the right hand flowers, then cropped so that two centers are in the sweet spots, rule of thirds positioning, These are wild flowers growing in Crex Meadows and they are at their peak bloom right now.  The wild lily has an open bottom where the petals come off the stem.  The domestic lily is fused at the bottom of the petals, your natural history lesson for the day. til Tomorrow MJ

 

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Turks Head Lily

Friends, this beautiful wildflower is native to this region but somewhat rare to find in Crex except in areas that have been burned and not mowed.  The biggest threats to its survival are people picking wildflowers and the whitetail deer who think this lily and the wood lily make a delicious snack.  So don’t pick and scare away any deer you see eating these pretty flowers :), til Tomorrow MJ

Easter Lily-Badlands Style

Friends, This is the Sego Lily that blooms in the Badlands in late June.  The solitary plants grow among the grasses on tall stalks and are best viewed in the early morning after a over-night rainstorm.  The raindrops and early light accentuate the colors and provide diffuse light for good wildflower photography.   We had watched the sunrise at Scoria Point and on our way back to camp, found these lovely blooms.  During this season when we are all looking at Easter Lilies, I thought I would show you my Lily in the Badlands.  So Happy Easter! til Tomorrow MJ

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