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Weekly Photo Challenge: Surprise


This was genuine and happened yesterday, most conveniently for the weekly challenge. I wandered out onto the balcony in the morning and looked down into the woods. Something was different. There was a splodge of purple that had never been there before. I got the camera.

Time to zoom in …

The colour reminded me of a clematis or an iris … but how could that happen suddenly in the middle of the wood? This morning I scrambled down the bank between the trees …

And there it was! A beautiful tall iris with two more buds waiting to bloom. Never before has an iris grown down there. It’s magic!

Isn’t nature incredible. I can only assume that birds or the wind helped a seed down there.

Iris, no doubt, has been a big and rather beautiful surprise!

Weekly Photo Challenge

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13 responses

  1. dianahelen41

    Lovely! Not so keen on the mozzie tho’. Never have they been so bad as this year while we’ve lived here.

    April 13, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    • I think that bug may be a bit big for a mozzie, we’re certainly not getting any around the house. I do remember my time in B.C though – mozzies were a nightmare. We had screens on all doors and windows. 🙂

      April 13, 2017 at 8:10 pm

  2. Joyce Davidson

    Very nice and I love the purple ones. Mine will not bloom for some time yet and sunshine is necessary I think? Loveit. Sista.

    April 13, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    • Thanks Sista, it is rather a beauty and a complete surprise!

      April 13, 2017 at 8:13 pm

  3. We were just watching a 3D film that was partially about irises (by David Attenborough). Some only allow one species of insect to fertilize them! 🙂

    April 13, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    • I noticed there’s one insect on one of the buds – maybe he’s the one! 🙂

      April 13, 2017 at 8:11 pm

  4. This is amzing, Jude! My favourite flag which reminds me of my childhood where these grew around an old elm in the front garden. Beautiful shot!

    April 13, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    • D’you know we’ve lived here for over twelve years and that flower has never been there before. Nature is amazing. And it really is a beauty with two more buds waiting to open! So glad it brought back good memories for you. 🙂

      April 13, 2017 at 10:51 pm

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    • Thanks Chris!

      April 14, 2017 at 8:55 pm

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    • Thanks Mike! 🙂

      April 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm

  7. Nice sequence and beautiful final image!

    April 28, 2017 at 8:54 am

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