Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Orange Daylily

I have some nice looking flowers for you today. I found them on one of my many morning walking adventures around town. Oh, you thought I was done with those walks now that I've returned to the nature parks? Not at all. I still do them as often as I can.Not every day. But most days.

These flowers have been growing in this place for many years now. I've been meaning to get pictures of them for a few years now myself. Their growing season has ended every other year before I ever got around to it. This year I've been right there to get my pictures. Kind of.

The two pictures above are what I was looking at every day whenever I'd see these orange daylilies from a distance. You probably agree that it is a beautiful sight. Right? So I intended to get some good pictures on my next early morning walk. I would come away with some excellent pictures for you. Or so I thought.

The picture above and the next two are what I found when I went to these flowers in the morning to get a few good closeup shots. They were all closed up! I quickly realized that these were the kind of flowers that close during the night. But I still wasn't right. As we shall see.

I have been reading that these flowers actually only last for twenty-four hours before they wither away. Each day a new flower grows in or near the old one's place. Which is why this one above looks so new.

These flowers are an invasive plant here from what I've read. They grow very easily and are difficult to get rid of. I don't know who, if anyone, planted these particular plants. The house near where they grow stood empty for many years. And it was empty when I moved here. The flowers were here then.

I had to come back later in the day to get the real pictures I wanted. It turned out to be a much more difficult task than I had anticipated. The sun was up high in the sky and shining down very brightly. I wanted to get close to the flowers to take my pictures, but I cast shadows over them whenever I did.

The brightness of the sun also blotted out the view screen on my camera. I couldn't see what I was taking pictures of. I had to shoot blindly at the flowers I wanted while trying to avoid shadows. When I looked at the pictures later it wasn't a good sight. Most of the pictures had bad shadows.

But in the end it all turned out well. I had just enough pictures to share all of these with you. I'm sure you like them because I took them just for you. But I like the little story of how I got them even more than the flowers because it was a memorable event for me. I'll talk to you later.


  1. A friend trims a few for his diner from my ditch each day on his way in

  2. My human loves lilies, but I've never seen one in the house, or around it - that's because they are, literally, deadly poisonous to cats, so she won't let me near them! So the closest I ever get is photographs.

  3. I have them growing in my garden too, Ratty. They are lovely!

  4. I have some of those on the side of my house

  5. You got some great pictures.. I love these flowers too and I did not know about what a short time each blossom lasts -- that's great information.