Wednesday, May 19, 2010

WORD WEDNESDAY: IRIS


Iris: The circular, colored curtain of the eye
Iris: The goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the Gods
Iris: Plants with sword-shaped leaves and erect stalks bearing bright-colored flowers composed of three petals and three drooping sepals


Amazing how prosaic that last definition is. The iris are in bloom. Flags, my Aunt Charlotte called them today as we exclaimed over them, and they do wave and sway like exotic banners in the late spring rain and gusts we're having. My eyes have been full of them for days.

Iris are so beautiful seen at arm's length that it's hard to believe they'd be even more lovely up close, but I think they are....












To see them in even more detail, click on the pictures.

5 comments:

Splendid Little Stars said...

I love, love, love irises! in all their wonderful variety! I have an early memory of them. When I was a child, they grew in a side garden right next to my house. I was on about eye level with the blooms.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

SOOOOOOO pretty!!! I love the photos of the purple ones with the rain drops :)
The iris are in bloom here in IA as well...love seeing them around town :)

Athena said...

Crazy, but sometimes they're a little scary up close! Especially the striped one- like a roiling foreign ocean.

NICO Designs said...

I agree with Athena that sometimes some of them look like they are secretly an alien of some sort. But I do love the photos--what incredible detail!

TiLT said...

Those are absolutely beautiful!!!

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