It’s getting near the end of the spring flower season, but a few species are still blooming in full color here in the Pacific Northwest…of note, the Rhododendron. We have some of the most abundant, huge and beautifully blossomed Rhodies anywhere to be found! However, what I was out and about looking for today was the Iris. They are one of the later spring, bulb-blooming florals to rear their heads, usually after the Tulips. Luckily, I found a garden of them still in bloom. The Iris, with its unique blossom configuration, has always perplexed me a bit when photographing them because of their irregularity in shape, meaning that their blossoms aren’t symmetrical. Frankly, some appear quite awkward. I find that I sometimes need to get close-up shots of them to get past their irregularities, capturing as much detail of their blossom structure as possible. Irises are beautiful in that they come in many different colors and combinations thereof; some even have speckles. Some are almost black as night; some have delicate shades of pastels. Some have huge, bulbous displays, while others are of a diminutive size. Here are more samples of the beautiful colors of the Iris.
Photo tip: Photograph florals on a somewhat overcast day for best color saturation.