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Iris Blossom, Japanese Garden | by G Dan Mitchell
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Iris Blossom, Japanese Garden

Iris Blossom, Japanese Garden. Portland, Oregon. July 3, 2012. © Copyright 2012 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.


A new iris blossom emerges against a background of summer greenery.


I was in Portland, Oregon during the past week on a family visit. I've been to and through Portland before, but this was the first time I have been able to stay there for a substantial amount of time. Although this was not primarily a photographic trip - I didn't even carry a tripod! - I did keep a camera with me, and I had some opportunities to do some informal photography while getting to know the place. I also had a chance to find out just how much of a garden city Portland is. During five days in the city I think we visited at least that many gardens, ranging from formal rose gardens (for which the city is famous), small and informal gardens, several Japanese and Chinese gardens, gardens around homes and historic buildings, and more.


I made this photograph of what I'm pretty certain is an iris (I'm actually very bad at plant identification...) while walking around one such garden. Shooting in shade on an overcast afternoon, the light was close to the limit of what I would want to try to shoot handheld, but I crouched down low and I think I managed to make it work. I like the slightly curving shape of the stem, with its partially unwrapped sections, and the flower itself illuminated by soft light from the sky.


G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer whose subjects include the Pacific coast, redwood forests, central California oak/grasslands, the Sierra Nevada, California deserts, urban landscapes, night photography, and more.

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Taken on July 3, 2012