Another flower portrait this week. The popularity of the flowering wild iris, Dietes grandiflora, is well deserved.

This Southern African wild iris is often planted in massed groupings at commercial sites such as shopping malls and airports. It is undemanding and adaptable and the showy flowers blooming at the same time in large groups are eye-catching. But I think that its real beauty is in the detail of an individual flower. Its complex shape and colouring make it more challenging to photograph than one might expect. The focus of this photo is the central coronet of pale purple.

Posted by Carol

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