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The first to open

By helenlinda
Early in the evening I noticed that the first of my iris had opened. They are tiny flowers and I always find it amazing that one day there is the tight bud and the next day it has fully opened to reveal all this beauty and colour.
They were from my aunts garden in Blakesley near to Towcester. My Dad grew up there and now there are no longer any members of the Faulkner family there. When I was young we spent part of every summer holiday there. Flowers can be very evocotive, and this one is my annual reminder of those happy times.
Thanks for looking

Tags: Macro Iris Flowers and plants Close-up and macro May 08 First flower

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Rock 18 10 2 England
14 May 2008 7:00AM
Fine detail is this great shot.

bayleaf 13 8 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 7:18AM
A lovely shot.

CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
14 May 2008 7:19AM
What a beauty. Carol
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2278 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 7:53AM
A little gem. And they're not even showing colour yet in the frozen North!
14 May 2008 8:06AM
A beauty Helen, lovely colour and detail,
Angi_Wallace Plus
12 280 11 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 8:32AM
This is a beautiful iris and you have caught it well, showing the details in the patterns etc. I think it is a sibirica iris.
JudeC 13 6 3 England
14 May 2008 8:56AM
So fresh and beautiful Helen - Jude.
dawnmichelle 13 12 United States
14 May 2008 8:59AM
this is so lovely!!!!
luxaeternam 13 21 1
14 May 2008 9:05AM
Wonderful. Irises are stunning flowers, and this one is no exception, especially viewed large.
Smile Lucy
Bodiewil 13 46 Wales
14 May 2008 9:20AM
Beautifully captured You

goso 14 2 1 Australia
14 May 2008 9:36AM
panda 16 5 1 England
14 May 2008 9:49AM
What a beautiful iris, super detail.

Regards Phil
mikbee 13 3 8 Scotland
14 May 2008 11:07AM
Yes,it is a good capture of the ''opening'' here.Lots of little nice shapes and curves.Good colour too.
JYBluesman 13 97
14 May 2008 1:49PM
These always remind me of a triffid, well captured Helen a lovely display. Jeff
ChristineL 15 39 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 3:10PM
Lovely soft light and nice detail, well captured Helen,
BarbaraR 14 802 1 England
14 May 2008 3:10PM
Beautiful and a lovely memory.

Bob_V 13 1 2 United States
14 May 2008 3:46PM
What a lovely capture.
ringyneck 13 315 18 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 4:31PM
A great yearly reminder...fresh and blooming.

pascalg Plus
13 37 1 France
14 May 2008 5:06PM
simple & nice ;
like your write up too...
User_Removed 14 16 England
14 May 2008 5:12PM
Lovely detail and good pov
shaz4 15 26 2 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 6:07PM
Lovely shot...Must go up the garden and have a look to see if mine are out..Smile
jaecat 13 29 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 6:56PM
fab colour,great detail,love your description
Silverzone 13 2 England
14 May 2008 7:49PM
Nice flag. sylvia
rangerpaul 13 19 7 England
14 May 2008 7:53PM
All these fab flower shots are inspiring me to have a go at this botanical thing.
Another great shot Helen. Beautiful colour reproduction.
Hop-A-Long 13 52 1 England
14 May 2008 9:00PM
Superb colour. Great image.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
14 May 2008 9:00PM
Hi Helen, I am an Iris collector, have not seen this one, I love the brown details, especially well photographed--

All that aside, good job making the iris your focal point and the bg blurred-- Not sure how you do that with your camera-- but i do know that it takes some practice and skill!

photophantom 12 108 3 Philippines
14 May 2008 9:38PM
Lovely details. Well composed
nickyv32 Plus
13 135 England
14 May 2008 10:01PM
Lovely flower, super shot.

digiray63 13 4 United Kingdom
14 May 2008 10:14PM
A beautiful flower so well captured in all its glory.
SKavanagh 13 312 5 England
14 May 2008 10:44PM
Beautiful shot Helen
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
15 May 2008 8:45PM

Quote:Not sure how you do that with your camera--

I did not manage to get it with the S9600! Well done.

Great light and detail on the flower, super!
Joline Plus
14 30 58 United States
16 May 2008 12:04AM
Flowers are evocative of so many memories, maybe that's why the Victorians had books on the language of flowers. Lovely colors.

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