2010-11-11 05-12-28 - IMG_9915 White and lilac flower - Dietes grandiflora

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    White and lilac flower - unknown variety - - specifically for "Beyond Megapixels" November assignment - "Soft Focus"
    www.beyondmegapixels.com/2010/11/november-photo-challenge/

    2010-11-19 UPDATE: The above image made it to Beyond Megapixels home page today. Here is a screen capture: www.flickr.com/photos/degilbo_on_flickr/5188640370/
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    2010-11-16 UPDATE: This flower has been kindly identified as Dietes grandiflora or Iris by Linda of Belgium and "Lotus_Widow" of Queensland.

    Dietes grandiflora (Large wild iris, Fairy Iris) is a rhozomatous perennial plant with long, rigid, sword-like green leaves belonging to the Iridaceae family. This species is common in horticulture in its native South Africa, where it is often used in public gardens, beautification of commercial premises and along roadsides. The blooms are white marked with yellow and violet. Dark markings are found at the base of the outer tepals. These are borne in abundance during summer, especially after rain. Flowers are followed by 5 cm long green capsules that contain very dark brown seeds, these are displersed when the capsule splits open.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietes_grandiflora

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    1. D & E Grey Wolf Photography 42 months ago | reply

      Love the composition of this one

    2. colographicalchemy at the library 42 months ago | reply

      Both shots of this flower are very fine. I like this one best! Wish I could head down there for the winter! :)

    3. Lotus_Widow 42 months ago | reply

      This flower is an Iris. I also took a shot of this flower in the Mt Cootha Gardens. It is such a beautiful flower.

    4. Degilbo on flickr 42 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Elaine!
      Thanks, Ross! Perhaps if you grew "wings" you could migrate like the birds do - LOL!
      Thanks, Linda for helping with the identification for me. I love flowers but totally ignorant of names - but learning - LOL!
      Thanks, "Lotus_Widow", I appreciate your effort in identifying this flower, too. You certainly captured some beautiful images at Mt. Cootha. We were there in October, but will be going again soon, to seek out more (your shots are an inspiration :-)).

    5. Lotus_Widow 42 months ago | reply

      Thank you for your kind words, Degilbo. I feel I still have a lot to learn and am still trying to capture that 'elusive' image. I will know it when I see it on my camera. By the way, your photo album is very extensive and very impressive. Well done!

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