Wild Irises, Why They Grow

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© Andrea Petersen
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And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the "lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither do they spin....Matthew 6: 28

Irises in Biblical scriptures
Quote them as lilies of the field.
In photography they are revealed
To open our eyes in pictures.

Purple Irises grew wild
By the old house that burned;
The folk's lost a young child,
But the flowers returned.

They've graced an empty space
With the most tender regard;
Some dug from the home place
Spent many years in our yard.

Tho' my parents are both gone
To join my little brother beyond...
The Wild Irises remain here
Each spring to bring cheer...
Poetry By me, AJP

I shot this picture of the Irises early last evening glowing in the setting sun..
I used the following settings on my camera...

Focal length 185 mm..macro
F-Number F/11
Exposure time 1/100 sec.
ISO speed ISO- 560
Exposure Program Manual

25 responses

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (20 May 2012):

    An absolutely exquisite capture.. the background lighting and tones are stunning!!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (20 May 2012):

    Iries beautiful, awesome your Poetry

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) said (20 May 2012):

    Tho' my parents are both gone
    To join my little brother beyond...
    The Wild Irises remain here
    Each spring to bring cheer...


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (20 May 2012):

    Thank you both very much for your kind words....

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (20 May 2012):

    I love the Iris, while I love all flowers, the Iris is my favorite flower. This is such a beautiful photo of the wild Irises and your poem is awesome!!!

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (21 May 2012):

    awesome capture, congrats !

  • Simona Ranieri

    Simona Ranieri gave props (21 May 2012):


  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (21 May 2012):

    This is SO pretty!! The combination of golden light and the color of the irises really sets this off.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (21 May 2012):

    I love that golden light!!! So very very pretty!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (21 May 2012):

    Wonderful detail and the background really makes them jump. Exquisite!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (21 May 2012):

    Fabulous happy colors, lovely capture!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (21 May 2012):

    Beautiful, Andrea! I love how you included the settings. I can learn from you. I will try this setting next time I take a photo. Thank you.

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (21 May 2012):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (21 May 2012):

    Thank you all for your very kind words...Litz, the settings that I used for this picture doesn't work for everything...It depends on the lighting...You have
    to experiment with bracketing your manual settings for the best results. Lots to learn in photography and I am still learning ... I don't consider myself an expert by any means....far from it...

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (21 May 2012):

    Thank, Andrea. I really have to learn how to shoot Manual. I always rely on automatic. Balame it to Canon, their automatic setting is good.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (21 May 2012):

    love the color combo of these iris. Very pretty on the yellow background!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (22 May 2012):

    The beautiful shapes of the iris set against that lovely BG colour makes this a stunning image..

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (22 May 2012):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (22 May 2012):

    So pretty! Those iris are gorgeous, especially against that lovely background.

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (22 May 2012):

    So very wonderful in all there iris glory

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (22 May 2012):


  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (22 May 2012):

    Gorgeous yellow and purple, Andrea. I scanned the thumbnail and couldnt wait to get to it!

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (24 May 2012):

    so beautiful as were your words !!!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (25 May 2012):

    I love wild irises. Such a beautiful work of art, my friend. Love how the golden background compliments these beauties.

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (26 May 2012):

    Fantastic shot! So pleasant to look at!

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