The rain held off this morning and allowed me to get out for a few hours. That came to an end as I made this image. I didn’t get soaked, but I had to quickly cover up the bag and get the camera under cover to put it away. As soon as I did all that the rain stopped. We are now getting a slight drizzle that isn’t going to amount to much. It is said there is heavy rain to come but we’ll wait and see.Promises, promises.
This flower is one of a few annual pilgrimages that I make to specific plants. I found this little Yellow Star-grass (aka Common Goldstar, Common Star-grass or Eastern Yellow stargrass)-Hypoxis hirsuta several years ago and enjoy it enough that I visit it every year. I haven’t seen any evidence of it multiplying much as it has been the same size for all that time.
Surprisingly, it is in the Asparagales family and is a relative of asparagus. I have to take a closer look at asparagus flowers. Maybe I can get Mary Beth to not harvest a couple in the garden to see what develops. They are in a spike so different from these.
Anyway, getting back to the Yellow Star-grass…naturally I like to get a little closer and made a few more images. I think this is my preferred view, but there may be another to come.
In case you are wondering..this is the same flower but obviously viewed from above. In metering for the bright yellow, the background has darkened and I did remove some of the dried leaves to cut back on distracting lighter color. I also did some selective adjustments to further reduce the background contrast and allow the flowers to shine. The first image was about reality…this one is for art.