Halleluiah light

14 04 2009

In the North Wing of the Conservatory at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, there are hordes of Easter Lilies in full bloom. In one corner I noticed the flowers in shade. In this one flower, I noticed the water drop. As I was getting set up to photograph it, the sun broke through the clouds and illuminated the shaft of this one flower! I call this “Halleluiah Light,” because I can just hear the angels singing!

Did you know that 95% of the 11.5 million Easter Lilies grown and sold originate from the border of California and Oregon? The area is labeled the “Easter Lily Capital of the World.”

From http://www.about.com:

Lilium longiflorum is actually a native of the southern islands of Japan. A World War I soldier, Louis Houghton, is credited with starting U.S. Easter Lily production when he brought a suitcase full of lily bulbs with him to the southern coast of Oregon in 1919. He gave them away to friends and when the supply of bulbs from Japan was cut off as a result of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the rising price of the bulbs suddenly made the lily business a viable industry for these hobby growers and earned the bulbs the nickname “White Gold.”

And if you have cats, please keep them away from this plant! Any part of this lily, as many of its relatives, can cause kidney failure in cats. Eating even one leaf can be fatal. There is a handy list of plants that are poisonous to cats compiled by the Cat Fanciers’ Association, Inc., here. For more information about what types of Lily plants to avoid, read the information here. I do grow Stargazers and Asiatic Lilies (in pots and out of reach), but my cats are kept indoors and when they are (very briefly) outdoors in the summer, they are under strict supervision—plus, their very own bed of catnip keeps them occupied the entire time! They never have been plant nibblers, so I’ve been fortunate that they ignore all of our house plants. I did get rid of a pencil cactus (which was out of the way anyway) as soon as I found out they are highly poisonous.

See another example of this serendipitous light here in a post I did last summer.

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8 responses

14 04 2009
chloë

wow talk about purrrfect timing 😉
too bad they are bad for cats

15 04 2009
edvatza

Love the way the light appears to be radiating out of the bloom. Excellent capture, Cindy.

15 04 2009
TKOT

If I may be allowed to borrow a word from the limited lexicon of today’s youth, I will say that this photo is AWESOME — with just the slight pressure of your right index fingertip (your “pointer” finger) to the shutter release, you have pointed out (illustrated) that which is considered by many to be one of the most prominent features of much of Georgia O’Keefe’s work.

There, I have said it and I refuse to elucidate further — I leave that to you and to others who may view this comment.

I will, however, contribute an interesting tidbit of information to your blog, an item gleaned from Wikipedia. Georgia Totto O’Keefe was named after her paternal grandfather, George Victor Totto, a Hungarian count who came to America in 1848.

Shades of The Wizard of Oz!

I had limited success in finding the source of the name “Toto,” Dorothy’s dog (the dog’s real name was “Terry”). The name “Toto” may simply be a name created by the author — there is apparently no connection to L. Frank Baum’s story of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Georgia O’Keefe was only 13 years old in 1900, the year his work was first published. However, O’Keefe began painting flowers when she was 12 years old — perhaps the author was acquainted with the budding artist — as those of Hispanic descent might say, “Quien sabe?” (Who knows?).

15 04 2009
Eremeeff

Hi,
Amazing! Not clear for me, how offen you updating your cindydyer.wordpress.com.
Eremeeff

18 04 2009
Mike Royer

incredible, captivating…..

24 04 2009
kcjewel

i can smell it!! nice capture.

26 04 2009
wildblack

Thats fantabulous! Its truly heavenly. The Halleluiah light(as you call it) is just the perfect lighting. I really love your photography of flowers. Its too good!

8 05 2009
Shelley

That is possibly the most perfect flower macro in the world. Wow!!

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