April 26, 2014
Although spring officially arrived in the heartland of America a month ago, we did get half an inch of snow only last week. As such, I got an early start on this year’s flower photography by buying two plants a couple of weeks ago at Wal-Mart (isn’t it rather freaky that nearly every citizen of planet Earth could most likely buy the same flowers at their neighborhood Wal-Mart?), one a Lily the other a Columbine, and then proceeded to shoot eight hundred photos, most of them indoors because of the inclement weather.
Some people might say eight hundred photos of just two plants obsessive, and I will admit to having OCD, but I did get a lot of great photos, many that I would label as incredible. Although I do own an old set of three photography lights (these were placed in storage when I moved from a large farmhouse to a small apartment twelve years ago), these photos were shot in my living room with only a utility light loaded with a grow bulb. These seven photos turned out pretty good considering the limited resources I was working with.
Lilies, whose scientific name is Lilium, has more than one hundred gorgeous species in its family. There are many plants that have lily in their common name; however, not all are true Lilies. Two examples of this misnomer are Day Lilies and Peace Lilies. True Lilies are mostly native throughout the temperate climate regions of the northern hemisphere of planet Earth, although their range can extend into the northern subtropics as well. This range extends across much of Europe, Asia, Japan and the Philippines and across southern Canada and throughout most of the United States.
Lilies are very easy to grow. They are not especially particular about soil neither type nor pH level. Their only requirement is well-drained soil. Lilies grow best in full sun; however, they may thrive in partial sun as well. An interesting fact about this plant is that most Lily bulbs have very thick roots that have the ability to pull the bulb down into the soil at a depth that is most optimum for their continued survival.
If I am fortunate to have you view my photographs and you find the color saturation too much or the color schemes of the mats do not match either themselves or the photograph, please let me know via a comment. Being color-blind, what might look great to me might look like sh*t to everyone else!
Steven H. Spring