Tuesday, March 23, 2010


03.23.10, originally uploaded by colemama.

Iris is a favorite of mine and much to my surprise, I found them growing in wild clumps of the swampy side of Freedom Park this afternoon. I will need to research this more, but they are obviously not the same tubular iris that use to grow from the rich soil of the western plains...no, these pop out directly from murky brown swamp water - adding a lovely lilac color to a walker's view.

Life is really full of surprises - as much as we like to think we can control our worlds, there are so many environmental and social factors that occur outside of our realm. We have little, if any, control of those happenings. We can determine how to deal with the results. In this case, relishing the refreshing color, texture, and beauty of the blossom was plentiful reward. Sometimes, the result is not nearly as appealing - coping with the potential negatives can be challenging, but most of us get plenty of opportunity for practice at it. May you always remember a beautiful scene rather than fester in the ugliness - then, you can refresh and better create purposeful and compelling action. Freedom Park, Naples, FL


  1. If I am not mistaken that is a Southern Blue Flag....at least it will give you a starting point for your research.

  2. I love the colour. Lovely when nature surprises us.

  3. @This Mom's Photo Story - thanks! It does appear to be that wetland species. I just discovered them in another body of water, so imagine they are more prevalent than I originally thought!