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~”
Just beautiful, Cindy. The iris’s lines are done by a perfect artist. The poppies are all delicacy.
Yes Indeed. The ultimate Artist! დ
Beautiful flowers 🥰
Thank you დ
You are always welcome ❤️
Wonderful! I needed a bit of June iris color to brighten up my New England end of winter day.
Then I am happy I posted. Spring is coming დ
No words to appreciate the nature and its vivid colours. Amazing and i loved it.
You just made me smile! დ
I add you in my most fav photographers list. I always wait to see what new images with surprice reaching through WP. Thank you. Have a wonderful week end.
You just made me smile more!
Most welcome. Best things are rhere to cherish always. Thank you being kind.
Visa versa 2UX2 დდ
Yes, we need more flowers!
Flowers are peace & hope growing დ
So vivid, I can smell their lovely aroma. 🥰
I can too! დ
“Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow,” I love it. I love the spider “floating” beside the flower. Great shot!
The spider is saying, don’t come closer dear….. 😉
Perhaps the quote by Corita Kent is also appropriate: “Flowers grow out of dark moments.” Yours in the photos are beautiful! 🌸💗
Such a beautifully appropriate quotation. Thank you for sharing it Teresa დ
Lovely lilies and iris. I see the face in the tree.
He doesn’t look super pleased with us does he! I know why დ
Thank you Dor! დ
Wow! So beautiful! Thank’s for share Cindy.
Have a amazing weekend!
Happy you enjoyed Elvira and take good care my friend დ
Thank’s Cindy! Take good care too my friend!
Thank you for the park info.
I am glad to know this place 😊🙏🏾
One day I would love to visit.
I hope you do! It is less traveled and quite unspoiled. დ
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.
“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 -“
Thank you, Cindy; I’m honoured to be in the same breath. I love that piece from Emily Dickinson. 💛
I do too.
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Love to you Sharon დ
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.
You just made me really smile. Thank you so very much. Put me in a forest with a camera and I am a very happy person დ
Even the veins in the irises are works of art!
Yes. I know. Overwhelmingly important დ
Your beautiful flower images hit the right spot!
Amazing how flowers do that! They are powerful messengers, with no sound, which is why I love them so much დ
Yes, thank you very much, they are lovely დ
Peace is the only way of survival, yet some people chose the other way, calling peril to the doorstep of hamanity.
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
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.
Couldn’t possibly agree more დ
Regards to you.♥️
Honored. Thank you very much დ
How very beautiful, Cindy. A lovely start to my weekend, thank you! X
You are most welcome Liz & I hope you have a peaceful weekend დ
You’re correct Cindy, it’s exactly what we need – stunning photos!
Thank you Sheree. Flowers are hope growing დ
That’s a lovely thing to say Cindy and you’re quite right
very calming 🙏🙏
Good! Mission accomplished დ
I can’t wait for spring and flowers!! 🌷🌷
If only life could be this beautiful for everyone, hey, Cindy! I do miss rhodies.
Yes. If only…… I love rhodies too დ
These are beautiful 😍
Grazie mille დ
Such beautiful studies of flowers, Thank you. xx
You are most welcome Joy. Take good care დ
Ah! Delicate serenity in a single post. Just what we need right now.
You make me very happy I posted. Thank you Margaret დ
Ahh.. simply IRISistible!
Visa versa 2UX2 დ
How pristine and beautiful they look! Gorgeous shots, Cindy!
Honored. Thank you დ
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!
I agree. If one is truly able to appreciate all the beauty around, and in us, one could never destroy it. Take good care dear friend დ
Quite so, Cindy. You and the old man of the forest have certainly done your best
I try. I know you do too დ
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I know. Now there are two anons. And I know each of you დდ
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 😂 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 😀 ❤️ 🙏🏽 🦋
How marvelous that you found the young man! Now I see him too. Thank you very much Mark. Your thoughtful words made me smile დ
How beautiful these pictures, I do love the colous. We need colours after Winter. I can’t wait in my garden. 🙂
English gardens are a joy to behold. I hope yours is blooming soon my friend დ
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. 🌸
How wonderful! Spring is coming. Take good care my friend დ
Looking forward to Springtime. Take care!
Visa versa 2UX2.
Thank you for the beautiful (and welcome!) respite in the midst of these troubled times.
You are most welcome Liz & take good care დ
Thanks for sending color my way! 🙂
You deserve it and more! დ
Those spittlebugs are hard to get rid of a deadly for the plants. The flowers are gorgeous.
Thanks much Darlene. I had never seen the eggs before. დ
Hello Cindy, those are wonderful photos again. Greetings Wolfgang
Greetings back to you Wolfgang & thank you very much my friend დ
We all need images of peaceful natural beauty these violent and cruel days. Words that almost brought me to tears today Cindy.
Your thoughtful comment made me teary. Love to you Chris დ
Spring is already there! So lovely!
I hope your spring springs soon my friend დ
Gorgeous shots, Cindy!❤️
Thanks very much Eugenia დ
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?
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
Very beautiful photos, Cindy! ❤️
Much appreciated John დ
Lovely captures, Cindy… I could easily get lost in that last one! <3
A redwood forest is the most magical place on earth to get lost in! დ
Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos and flowers Cindy. They warm my heart as I wait for spring and flowers here. 🙏🌼
I am very happy to warm your kind heart Brad. Take good care დ
Thank you Cindy. 🙏💕
So intricate and beautiful! Thank you for the bright spot that helps dispel some of the darkness around us.
Objective achieved! Thank you Patty დ
Stunning captures, Cindy!
Thank you & very pleased you enjoyed! დ
Merci beaucoup დ
it’s been said, the Beauty will save the World. Let’s pray for that.
Let’s pray დ
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.
I am honored to be your friend Sheila. Thank you & take good care დ
You’re the best, Cindy. You bring beauty into every post – that’s a gift.
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).
It sounds like paradise! დ
Grazie mille Andrew დ
Stunning. I admit I love poppies. Gorgeous photographs and truly, beauty is needed right now.
Thank you Gigi. We humans need to learn how to not be destroyers of beauty დ
Beautiful, Cindy! Peace and love to all…
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Hugs to you Gigi & thank you my friend დ
Thank you for sharing your nature walk with us, Cindy. It was lovely.
I enjoyed walking with you Rebecca დ
Just gorgeous, Cindy! You might not be travelling far, but there is not much further you can go for this kind of beauty! ❦
Awwww….. Hugs to you Resa დ
Remarkable flower photos! Love every single one of this series.
So appreciated Amy! დ
I especially loved the photo of the ancient redwood tree: battered but still standing.
Exactly! With an old face waiting for those who see დ
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…
I am so glad I posted them because they had this effect on you დდ
Your post brightens the day
You just brightened mine დ
Cindy, thank you for these beautiful photographs! They are very much needed.
Those who are capable of seeing beauty are less likely to destroy it. You rock Charles დ
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Thank you so much for these gratifying images. Sending love and light to you Cindy 💕🙏🏼💕
Flying back to you Val, X2! დ
Absolutely gorgeous. I was just photographing some purple lillies, today.
Always, always return to nature. Love Mr. Tree!
Yes! Nature is the place that centers us. I am happy you spent time looking at lilies დ
Lovely captures of such beautiful flowers.
Thank very much დ
You capture beaty Donna დ
We both have a passion for beauty 💞
Yes. It counters negativity,
Thank you, Cindy!
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.
You said such a complicated philosophy, that I share, in such a concise and impressive manner Debbie დ
We only have snowdrops and crocuses in our cold Scotland. It was a lovely sunny weekend though.
My Scottish grandmother, with her heather and shortbread, is telling us both from Heaven, how beautiful crocus and snowdrops are! დ
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.
I liked walking with you John. I hope you do visit. They are not far from you დ
These are beautiful flowers! It’s wonderful they grow wild like that.
Yes. I was entranced by their delicate wildness დ
Wow muy hermosa!!
Muchos gracias დ
Very happy you enjoyed & thank you! დ
your flowers burt color and hope Cindy! 💖👏🌈
It takes hope to see it, so thank you Cindy დდ
It sure does Cindy. You’re so welcome 💖
Thank you დ
That Asiatic Lily is stunning!
I just had the funny thought that she would be the supermodel twin sister of a banana 😂
She is a unique beauty all on her own დ
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
Thank you for having the calmness and center of mind to appreciate The Old Man in the forest Mary Ann დ
Cindy, my pleasure. He spoke to me, and I listened. Simple. He did to you so you took the photo to share with us. Be well.
We are in accord.
Cindy, yes, we are in accord. Be well and enjoy your weekend. oxox
Such beauty! Thank you, Cindy.
You deserve beauty Kathy. Take good care my friend დ
Thank you for this beauty in such hard times, Cindy. <3
You are most welcome. Stay safe & well დ
You take some of the most beautiful phots I have seen. Thanks for sharing and remain safe.
So incredibly kind of you Tangie & deeply appreciated. Thank you & be well დ
You are welcome and be safe.