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Wild Iris

Wild Iris
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-05
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, Sigma 70-300mm
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Iris in the world II, My Purple Obsession 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-05 12:54
Viewed: 3636
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In Memory of Bobby Kennedy
Who was killed 40 years ago today..
..a day after the Democrats have
nominated the first Black American.

I awoke in pain...took a couple of Ibuprofen and ate. Then I glanced at my images and decided that there were none to post today which I felt worthy. So after 3 hours of mundane chores in pain, I asked Jane if she might like to go for a ride to take pictures with me.....We went to Turnbull NWR and I walked a bit...but too much pain and numbness, so unhappy I went home. We took a back road, as the train was passing and it was a long one. So we went across the edge of the northern part of the Wildlife Refuge. All I could see were high green grasses. With all of the snows it will be a green a summer if nothing else...and then I stopped the car quickly. Jane looked and could not see..I saw these colours lying inside the large fence in Refuge...There was no way I could walk across the hill and tall grasses to get there so I depended heavily on on my car top to hold still the 300mm Sigma. I could get a viewfinder full but was unsure of what this found treasure could be....I got home...and voila! WILD IRIS. These may be the first I have ever seen in either the mountains or the Wilderness Refuge...where no man walks..only animals and birds....how lovely and what a fascinating way to make me happy....from rags to riches in photos...

Sigma at 300mm
ISO 1600
1/5000th second
Car for steady hand held and hand focused

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Janice: More IrisesJanice 1 06-09 02:56
To uleko: TNXSeqshannon 1 06-06 10:06
To tuslaw: TNXSeqshannon 1 06-06 10:06
To Jamesp: Thankseqshannon 1 06-06 10:05
To jaycee: TNXSeqshannon 1 06-06 10:04
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To ramthakur: ...and back to you..eqshannon 1 06-06 08:09
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-06-05 13:01]
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Hi Bob. Where has that 40 years gone. I do like to see wild flower just out in the field with the grasses. you have a fine shot of the Blue Iris. well done TFS

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-05 13:27]
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Hi Bob,

You came home with a winner! I haven't seen an Iris in over ten years since leaving the east coast. I didn't know they grew wild. They are one of the first flowers I saw as a child (along with daffodils) and will always be a favorite of mine. The purple looks beautiful seen thru the tall grass. This is a scene I could go for right now.


A beautiful composition and a rich palette of fine colour provided by nature for our enjoyment Bob, glad this scene made you feel better my friend.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-06-05 15:29]
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Hi Bob

What luck - and they are fantastic - they almost glow on my screen. Great.


Hi Bob,
this is a simple and very attractive photo with great detail and colour.It is a shame that you are not 100% but then again I know what it is like as last summer,all summer my knee nagged me a lot.It is nice to think that there might still be places where human feet have yet to tred.40 years ago I was to young to know of Robert Kennedy and even now I don' but then again politicians never have held any interest for me but for those who miss Kennedy I can say only it is sad and tragic and such a pointless waste he got murdered as it is for all people who are victims of this kind of crime.Thanks for sharing this rather pretty photo of life anew for yet another year. Bob

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-06-05 20:13]
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Such a beautiful image. The rich contrasting colours just seem to come alive in this photo. You seem to have a real knack for composing fantastic images Bob!
Im glad you decided to take the back road home this time. Hope your feeling better tomorrow!

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-06-05 20:59]

Hi Bob , a nice dedication photo , the flowers have great color dominance , hope your feeling better soon.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-05 21:03]

Hello Bob

A lovely tribute photo.
The colours are rich and well saturated.
The focus is sharp.
Very good pov and dof.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-06-05 23:46]
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Your miracle flowers Bob. What a blessing for you and how exciting to see these treasures.
They are placed so prettily here, peeping out through the long grasses. Good one my friend

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-06-06 2:16]

Hi Bob,i can't believe that in your country this beauties live wild! In my country there are only the yellow iris living wild.My compliments for the excellent quality of colors,excellent words as your style,thanks for share,Luciano

Luck favors the plucky and the brave, Bob, and you were both in taking this picture without realizing what you were aiming your camera at, ha,ha,ha!
This is a beautiful cluster of lovely Wild Irises (would that plural be valid?).
Great colors here, Bob, and a sharp capture.
Hope the pain is not bothering you anymore.
Keep well.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-06 8:20]
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Hello Bob,
I'm glad you found these beautiful Irises and that they made your pain disappear (at least for the moment)! It's a beautiful capture and how nice to find these in the wild.
Let's hope the Democrats make it to the end. We've followed the campaign carefully on Sw. TV. I can't help thinking though that an awful lot of time (and money!!)goes into this campaigning instead of the parties engaging in other vital matters!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-06 10:31]

Hello Bob,
Wonderful photo. Don't have much time, sorry. Excellent!
Have a good weekend,

we dont see this flower out here in India.

this is a very catchy pic...love the violet against the lovely green!

a sure shot winner!!


Occasionally I feel the flowers and the nature are related like husband and wife. One survives on other. Or may be like a mother and child. In Indian philosophy the relation between a husband and wife defined by narrating four relations between two true lovers. Paternally – Maternally – Friendly and Physically. The photograph, your note depicted the relations again.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-06 13:33]

A lovely capture of these beautiful Iris!
They stand out very well amongst the green surroundings.
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Fine composition too.
Lovely colours.
Nice work, Bob!


Hi Bob, elegant composition with wonderful flowers, splendid colors, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvi

Nice lighting, color and DOF

Hello Bob,
Nicely captured on the beautiful Iris!
perfect exposure and focus with beautiful lighting as well!
the field will looks nice with the purple colour flowers!
take good care and best regards

Hi Bob
Beautiful, natural surrounding. Great flowers and the most important thing great wild life mood. I like that kind of places

Agréable scène rupestre.
Bonne journée.

Hallo Bob
I would love to walk through a field with flowers as beautiful as these ones on your photograph. I think I'll forget about the time, I'll stop at each one and admire the beauty, and if they have a fragrance I'll like to smell them. I am also sure that in between I'll find different kinds of insects or butterflies and all other lovely kinds of grasses, weeds and hidden treasures of interest. This is really a beautiful display of nature. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards.

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