I find the Canada Lily (Lilium canadense) a spectacular plant. Sometimes it can be found with as many as a dozen lovely blooms hanging pendulously from its tall stem. The slightest of breezes can cause long waits for a motionless subject, but who can complain about having to sit and stare at such beauty.
I am fortunate to have a meadow close at hand, the Brickyard Conservation Area, with several of these flowers although the meadow is quite overgrown with all sorts of shrubs and other tall plants. It is also overgrown at ground level with poison ivy. Lots of poison ivy.
A few days ago, I found this one bud with a great background that I hoped would be in full bloom the next time I visited.Plans don’t always work out. Someone could decide to dine on the bud. I could go elsewhere and return when too late….the most common consequence of being easily distracted by, say, Wahconah Falls after a heavy rain event. 🙂
But the stars were with me and on Sunday I hit the jackpot.I caught that just as the sun was peeking over the trees. Although a bit strong, I like the intense warmth of the light on the orange petals. I made sure the anthers were well lit with a small reflector held just below the flower.
Walking around, there were many blooms and buds. This one seemed to be having a hard time facing the new day.I hope you enjoyed this look at the Canada Lily. I did hang one from a few years back in the exhibit and that will show up at some point when I manage to put together a post with the displayed images.