Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Canna in the Afternoon Light
This is one of my friends in the back yard. If you've been around the site for a while you have seen him before. My Mom sent me a bag of about three rhizomes over ten years ago and they (or their descendants) are still going strong. I've seen a lot of other Cannas, but this one is not so common. It's always been my favorite. When the sun is low in the afternoon it has to get through the rest of our jungle, so the lighting gets mottled and really interesting. The only problem is it moves fast and what is a great shot when we are out watering the plants, is gone once I get back out with my camera. Which, of course, leads to the dangerous practice of watering the plants while I'm holding the camera. This, like chasing bees, has worked out well for me so far but may come too an abrupt end one day.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Yellow Canna Bract
This is another Canna that my mom sent me as a bulb about 10 years ago. It has bloomed a couple of times each year for the last few years but it never had such a cool leaf or bract around the flowers like this. Even in the back yard there are always new surprises.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I recently took a similar photo of this Canna. But, this time the light was just a little bit different. I can only assume that these guys are called Lucifer Cannas because they look like fire when they bloom. And the evening sun only enhanced the effect!
Thursday, October 5, 2006
This is a plant that my mom sent me many years ago ('bout 9)
as just a root in a package. It has survived the heat of the
desert in Palm Springs and living for five years on
a small patio. It is finally really happy. It has a spot that
it loves and an automated dripper. And every time it
explodes like this I think of my mom!
This photo looks a bit like a watercolor to me. Especially the out of focus plants in the background.
Monday, October 10, 2005
My mom gave me this Canna many years ago and it is blooming again.
It was never very happy in a pot until we got two very tall (2.5 feet)
skinny (12") pots. It seems to love to put its roots down, way down.
It is called a Canna "Lily" but it is more closely related to Ginger and Banana plants.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
One of my favorite subjects,
flower closeups. This was actually the
theme of my first show at the Santa Barbara
Public Library in August '04
This one is a special favorite because the plant was a gift from my mom over six years ago, and it is still going strong.