Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Purple Iris . . .


"The flower is the poetry of reproduction.
It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life."

- Jean Giraudoux


The Iris is the birth flower for the month of February.


It is the Tennessee State flower.


 It's a perennial herb and some can even grow in deserts, and swamps and even in the very far cold north.


It is named after the Greek rainbow goddess, 'Iris,' for the variety of colors you can find them in.

{KK Edith}

From ancient times the Iris's stateliness stood as a symbol of majesty and power.
And as the three leaves of it's blossoms exemplifying faith, wisdom and valour, the Egyptians
placed it on the brow of the Sphinx.

{Monet Inspired}

"Don't try to force anything. Let life be a deep let-go.
See [God/Spirit/All That Is] opening millions of flowers 
every day without forcing the buds."

- Bhagwan Shree Rayneesh


I think we could learn a lot from flowers, their patience, the beauty that is revealed in that patience,
and with a few essentials we all have the possibility of blooming.

There is also much to learn about their giving and our receiving with out boundaries.
Today, I'm over at Focusing on Life sharing thoughts about boundaries and expectations
and how they can get in my way of 'seeing.'  I would love for you to come on over and
join in the conversation . . . and I'm proposing a challenge.

Love, Kim











34 comments:

Michelle B said...

Absolutely Stunning! I love the water drops, the color and the texture. I never knew the iris had so much history behind it.

Nicki said...

Stunning pictures and interesting information about a beautiful (and one of my favorite) flower.

Sherri B. said...

What gorgeous photos and I have learned so much about the iris thanks to you!

Tamar SB said...

So much to learn about one my favorite flowers.

Before my asthma got bad, we would get fresh flowers each Friday for our Shabbat table - I loved choosing the irises, so gorgeous.

Linda/patchwork said...

Beautiful shots.

Beverly said...

Very beautiful Kim! I love the Monet inspired one so much!

Rosie Grey said...

Such beautiful photos, Kim! And thanks also for the interesting facts - I loved reading this!

Janet McQueen said...

Absolutely wonderful photographs and so beautifully written.... so much I didn't know about the lovely humble Iris and how amazing she is!

Brenda said...

Such a wonderful watercolor feel to these images which beautifully enhances the subject. Thank you for this floral celebration. And I love that quote - "Let life be a deep let-go."

Nancy Claeys said...

Amazing detail and color Kim -- well done!

Dotti said...

Beautiful irises and beautiful thoughts. Just what I need on this snowy day.

Sterndal said...

Really wonderful shots and texture work! Absolutely great, thanks for sharing!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Beautiful captures.

Kerri Farley said...

OH how Lovely!!

Evelyn S. said...

As always, your macro images are out of this world! And this beautiful iris is so deserving of the fabulous closeups. I almost bought some Dutch iris but chose my yellow tulips instead. :-) Wonderful photos, Kim.

Susan said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!

PS said...

Wow. Love those.

sherrygaley said...

I used to have irises in my garden before I moved and just loved them. You have inspired me to plant some this spring so I can photograph them too. That third image is a particular fave of the group but they're all amazing!

Barbara said...

Such beauty here Kim, each is like a painting. Gorgeous color and awesome focus

Deanna said...

beautiful focus, Kim...such loveliness!!

Sharon said...

Wow -- so beautiful! The purple with just a bit of yellow is so pleasing. The quote about the letting go gives me goosebumps. Yes, flowers open and bloom and don't worry about it. They just let go. Great food for thought today!

A Garden of Threads said...

Stunning group of images Kim. I guess you understand about stopping and waiting quietly in front of a flower for it to tell you its' story. They have so much to say it we would only listen. Jen

June Caedmon said...

Oh, Kim! these images are lovely! The Iris is one of my favorite flowers. I enjoyed learning more about them today.

Kathy McB said...

Oh my! That last shot??!!?? Get thyself to a printer and blow that baby up!!! Gooooooorgeous!

Gail Dixon said...

Oh, my. The colors, compositions, and artistry of the editing are truly beautiful.

The Gardencat said...

I think it is partly looking through the lens that helps you see the world a little differently but I think it is also learning the patience that is so important to photography, that changes the way you experience the world. Learning to wait and just observe what the world offers up to your camera, rather than frantically chasing after "that shot" has helped me see things that otherwise I would have completely missed.

Prairie Jill said...

Oh, these are beautiful! The colours, the softness - just perfect.

Kelly said...

Like beautiful water colors Kim. Just beautiful.
I'm playing catch up but I wanted tolet you know you won the gift tags from my birthday bash giveaway! Yippee!! I'll get those off to you this week! xoxo

Barb Brookbank said...

I love these gorgeous images! wow - wonderful colours and water drops!

Cathy H. said...

Simply gorgeous! I liked the added facts about the iris, I didn't know these things!

Mitzi said...

Oh Kim...these are simply beautiful and your processing suits them perfectly!

Ida said...

So refreshing to see during the chilly winter months. Your photos are so lovely.

Miriam said...

Simply beautiful, soft, gentle and perfect.

shooter said...

Simply beautiful

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