Wild Iris & Lily~

We all need images of peaceful natural beauty these violent and cruel days.

Native California White Iris grow along The Rhododendron Trail in Redwood National Park in Northern California.

Douglas Iris bloom in profusion here as well.

The trail is named for the wild rhododendron that are everywhere.

Asiatic Lilies thrive in abundance.

Since these are wild flowers growing in the forest, there are lots of bugs. These are the eggs of spittlebugs, which seem quite accurately named!

Icelandic poppies are not native,

but were planted by our Innkeeper, north of Klamath California.

Do you see the face on the ancient redwood tree, of the old man in the forest, telling us peace is the only way?

“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.” John Lennon

Cheers to you from the wise and peaceful forest~

For info on the Rhododendron Trail See: http://www.redwoodhikes.com/PrairieCreek/Foothill.html

208 thoughts on “Wild Iris & Lily~

  1. Such beautiful photos, Cindy. Thank you. It’s important to remember, cherish and protect the amazing beauty we have in all its forms. I think that’s the most important thing, the thing that can redirect us from destruction.

    1. “remember, cherish and protect the amazing beauty we have in all its forms.”
      “the thing that can redirect us from destruction.”
      You remind me of Emily Dickinson,
      “Hope” is the thing with feathers –
      That perches in the soul –
      And sings the tune without the words –
      And never stops – at all -“

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  3. Anonymous

    Beautiful images. I always have my cellphone with me in the woods and often stop to take photos. I see people with what I call Real Cameras and imagine how much better the pictures they take must be- like yours! So glad you share them.

    1. Yes. They are the destroyers and they often get elevated to positions of authority and power. We need to lift and support the people who create and do not destroy დ

      1. We desperately need new age leaders with creative thinking, who do not aim for unification through war but a united front of humankind to save the earth from further degradation.

  4. So much beauty in this world! If only all of us were able to see and appreciate it there would be no war, and no destroying of our environment…
    Have a peaceful weekend, and stay safe, dear Cindy!

  5. These are all beautiful Cindy, it would be so easy to forget your destination on this trail and just enjoy the journey with its beauty πŸ˜‚ And I can indeed see an old man as well as a young one seated ‘into’ the tree at the base…I think he is learning the beauty of nature and how to be one of natures ‘minders’ from the old man πŸ˜€ ❀️ πŸ™πŸ½ πŸ¦‹

  6. These are so beautiful Cindy. Thank you for sharing , we surely do need some beautiful nature now. Yesterday while doing some yard work I discovered some white lilies growing wild by some vines. The first I’ve seen this year. Have a lovely day. 🌸

  7. Hi Cindy. Your message of peace shines through in your beautiful photos and words. The face of the man in the tree moved me and your exquisite Iris images sent me happily down a long rabbit hole. Did you know that “Iris is a mystical flower associated with the power of attraction and positive energy?” Very fitting for you and your blog.

    And also I learned this: “Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and a messenger for Zeus and Hera, and many believe that the flower is named after her. She carried messages from heaven to earth on the arc of the rainbow, and was a companion to female souls on the way to heaven. To this day, Greeks plant purple irises on women’s graves so that Iris will guide them to their resting place in heaven.” Shall we pre-order Purple Iris flowers for all beloved women?

    Wonderful post!

    1. I didn’t know any of this. It gives me goosebumps. Your kind and interesting words brightened my day. Thank you! I am posting rainbows next. Synchronicity დ

  8. Wondrous, Cindy!
    I’m not sure I’ve seen the white iris before – I remember the color blue in my Texas yard. I thought they were my favorite flower, and now that I’ve seen your gorgeous white ones, I am convinced.
    Thank you for the peace of the impressive redwood forest. You’re right – we need to be close to nature in these perilous times.
    You always teach me something I didn’t know, bring us beauty for the ages.
    Thank you, my friend.

  9. I see the face! When we had 75 acres of land there were all kinds of wildflowers in the woods, by the water and even out on the prairie. It was always exciting to go for a walk and see what was blooming. Especially loved the orchids… and the wild black raspberries we would munch on (if the deer didn’t eat them first).

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  11. Just gorgeous, Cindy! You might not be travelling far, but there is not much further you can go for this kind of beauty! ❦

  12. Oh, to be on a road trip again heading down to California! Your stunning photos have indeed done their magic, filling my soul with peace amid the madness unfolding in our world, Cindy…

  13. These are beautiful, Cindy, and I thank you for sharing them. Yes, I agree: we all do need to feast our minds and senses on the beauty around us, rather than allowing ourselves to soak up the anger and negativity. Not that we should turn our backs on those who need us; rather, that we do what we can to help bring about peace for all.

  14. Thanks for taking us on that walk, very nice indeed and very well captured with your images, beautiful. I hope to see the redwood trees one day.

  15. Cindy, kudos for your stellar photography with such meaningful words. Nature heals the heart and soul when we but look. The old man in the tree definitely has words for us. Thank you for such a calming post! oxox

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