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Western Wood Lily

Western Wood Lily
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Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-01
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/16, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-06 20:48
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Wood Lily/Western Wood Lily
Lilium philadelphicum
Season: June/July
Habitat: Montane/Dry Areas
Height: Up to 50 cm

Description: The western wood lily has linear, lily-style leaves that clasp the stem in an alternate arrangement. The uppermost group of leaves form a whorl around the stem. Above this grows one to three large flowers. Each has six bright orange petals forming a large upright bell. Looking inside of the throat, the base of the petals lighten with brown spots. The long stamens, are tipped with brown anthers which may extend slightly beyond the top of the flower.

Flower: The flowers occur singly (occassionally 2 or 3) at the top of erect stems. Each of the orange flowers has 6 petals (tepals) That curve outward slightly to form a goblet shaped flower. The petals are lighter, with brown-purple spots near the base of the throat. There are 6 brown to purple anthers that emerge from the centre of the flower.

Leaf: The leaves are narrow and lanceolate, occuring in an alternate arrangement along the stem. The uppermost leaves form one or two whorls of (usually) 6 leaves. Each leaf has a smooth margin and is 5-10 cm long and 3-12 mm wide.

Fruit/Seed: The seeds are contained within an egg-shaped, erect capsule (2-5 cm).

Similar Species: This common lily is often misidentified as the tiger lily. The tiger lily has a nodding orange flower, while the wood lily has a bright upright flower.

Range: Wood lily is widely ranging and can be enjoyed from southeastern British Columbia, across Alberta and east to Quebec. It extends south to New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio and Michigan.

Many people find the wood lily irresistable and many a field of lilies has ended up in a vase on a kitchen table. Unfortunately, lilies do not respond well to being disturbed and once picked, the plant will not recover. In many areas, wood lily populations have been decimated by over-picking.

The Blackfoot ate the bulbs either whole or as part of a soup. Farther east, the Iroquois used it as a love medicine. They would dry the plants in the sun. If the dried plants twisted together, It was seen as evidence that your wife had been unfaithful. On the other hand, Iroquois women would use a bulb decoction as a wash when their husbands had been unfaithful.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-06 22:18]

Hi Denis,
Very nice photo of this interesting Wood Lily, TFS!

Hola Denis,
gracias por tus amables comentarios.
Nos presentas una bella especie con evidentes dificultades para el
fotógrafo por el color , la luz ambiental y la forma de la especie.
A pesar de todo ello resolviste bien en general.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-06 23:00]
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Hi Denis,
Fine capture of this striking species of Lily in flower.
Must be great to see this growing in the wild: here they can be seen in gardens and occasionally as 'escapes' into woodland areas.
Excellent colour contrast with the OOF natural habitat.
Thanks for sharing this beauty.


WEll composed pic showing good detail and sharpness of the subject. I also like the DOF and your POV.

colorful species of flower. nice clarity.

Wonderful close-up shot of this beautiful flower with amazing colours and great sharpness!

Hello Denis

Beautiful composition of this flower with fine POV
and appropriate framing, beautiful light,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Denis,
Impressive capture of a interesting flower.
Amazing details and very good sharpness as usual.
Exceptional focus, very nice POV and perfect light.
Wonderful contrast against the background.

Hello Denis,
Beautiful and very sharp detailed photo of this flower. Lovely colours and great POV. Well done!

Hi Denis,
Beautiful capture of this wood lily.Colors,framing,lighting exposure and composition is perfect.

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