Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #33: Nature

This is my submission for Patti’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #33: Nature.

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
–John Muir

Continue my Amaryllis story… Amaryllis amazes me! I may make a fool of myself here, but before you laugh too loud, please remember this is my very first Amaryllis plant. 😉

First, I googled and read about Amaryllis. From eHow…

Each stem may hold a single bloom or a cluster of two or three (one other article says 3 or 4) blooms which project outward. They are large and trumpet-shaped, each made of six radiating and overlapping petals.

Mine has 4 blooms — I was very happy. Six petals — yes! But I didn’t see them project outward (see above photo). If they stay the way they were, how could 4 large flowers share such a small space?

Not to worry… a few hours later (to my surprise) all 4 flowers were no longer pointing upward – they projected outward! It was a 90-degree turn!

One flower bud, however, was squeezed between a leaf and a stem. I tried to guide the leaf away without breaking it, but it wouldn’t budge.

To my surprise (again), that particular one grew and grew.

Seeing two stems grow from the center of the bulb, I had another concern: if both stems grew to the same height, we (it?) would still have the space issue, wouldn’t it?

Apparently, Amaryllis (Nature) knows what it is doing. One stem is taller!

I see an artist, a computer programmer, an architect… in it. I am amazed. Finally…

Colors are the smiles of nature. –Leigh Hunt

Thanks, Patti.

Thank you for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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26 Responses to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #33: Nature

  1. Dina says:

    What an amazingly beautiful Amaryllis gallery, Helen! 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Dina. It is a beautiful plant. I think we have taken 100 photos 😉 But I have to take it to my neighbor’s house today since we are leaving for our trip tomorrow morning. I only see 2 out of 4 flowers, but it’s all right. I am glad my neighbor can enjoy the rest.
      Have a wonderful day.

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  2. Tina Schell says:

    Love seeing it through your eyes Helen! What is life if we cannot enjoy the little joys as well as the big ones?!

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  3. Great captures Helen!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Amy says:

    Thank you, Helen for sharing the joy of seeing the blooms in front of you! Wonderful captures.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. rxfrazier says:

    Nice photos of great flowers. These in red are quite attractive. We have pink ones that come in the fall. They make a nice end to the year 🙂 .

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  6. carol1945 says:

    Watching a flower bloom is one of the great joys in my life, and you have captured the experience in your photos. Thanks.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Carol. Yes, it was a great joy but I had to let my neighbor enjoy the flower because we left for Taiwan. When we got back, all the flowers were gone. I told my neighbor that they could give it back to me at the end of the year when it is blooming again 😉
      How are you?


  7. serendipity says:

    Amazing! They really know how to get this to work!

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  8. Prior... says:

    wishing you safe travels – and your flower shots (and thoughts) are uplifting

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Yvette. I had a wonderful trip. I missed the post you said you mentioned. I guess I have to read through all of your posts that I have missed. 😉
      Good night.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Prior... says:

        Hi – not sure which post you are referring to – if it is from the other comment a while ago – well I did not “create” the post yet – but I had a fun idea for a post – inspired by your “droplets” post – and think I will combine it with a “blue-colored theme” post I have coming up in May

        and glad you had a nice trip


  9. A beautiful “story” about the unfolding of the amaryllis. They are indeed quite some special flowers. My favourite of the photos is the second to last.

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  10. loisajay says:

    Helen! Missing you. You coming back? ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    • Helen C says:

      Love you, Lois!!! Yes, hopefully soon. I have to give 2 speeches. I did one today, and next one is 5/15. Haven’t given speeches for a while, I am quite nervous about it and it seems like I can’t get anything else done. (And I am a DTM!)
      Good night, my dear friend.

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