Meticulous particulars…

These Iris twins were potted alongside a storefront. Different focus points reveal nature’s in-depth consideration to details and design.

Twin Iris in bloom showing their same amazingly detailed patterning. The white wall makes for a unconfusing background, keeping the attention to the Iris. Copyright 2017, Pamela Breitberg

Detail of the Iris’ stamen are in focus. The out-of-focus petals force attention to the flower’s center. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Close-up focus on the inner petal portions. The stamen is out-of-focus sufficiently to keep the viewer’s eyes on the petals. Copyright 2017 Pamela Breitberg

Springtime greens…

Faith sometimes wane during the grey days of winter. If springtime seems soooooooo long ago, I offer this image from 2016 to stir your thoughts. The Iris‘ violet flower takes backstage to its crisp green new leaves. Look closely to the flower’s petal on the far right and you’ll spot a newly emerged springtime grasshopper. The background echos the green hues with greening trees and a green tinge to the South Pond in Lincoln Park, Chicago.

Bearded Iris brings promise of warmer days along South Pond in Lincoln Pond, Chicago. Copyright 2016, Pamela Breitberg

Time is evidenced in this image showing that spring has been progressing rapidly. The Iris bloom appears to be one of the last of this season; the other blooms are dried and wilted. Iris is one of the first blooms after a long winter’s dormancy. Soon blooms will be displaced with prolific green progress.

Closer look at the rainbow…

These rainbows are not as elusive as the ones in the sky, though their sophisticated patterning eludes me. I develop deeper awareness of my creative margins when my eyes rest on the “beard” of these lovely gifts of nature. Iris is the Greek word for rainbow.


Patterns in the Iris, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Patterns in the Iris, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg


Bearded Iris, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Bearded Iris, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Complex Rainbow, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Complex Rainbow, copyright 2014 Pamela Breitberg

Check previous spring postings in my blog for more information and images of the Iris.

Noble rainbow…

Blood Iris Bud copyright 2012 Pamela Breitberg

Iris is the Greek word for rainbow, which is fitting because Iris comes in many different colors. The iris in these images is the Blood Iris (Iris sanguinea). This Japanese Iris derives it’s name from “blue blood” referring to the noble or aristocrats, including those having performed heroic deeds.

  • In Greek legends and mythology, the goddess ‘Iris’ was the messenger who traveled on the rainbow between the lands of Human beings and the Gods. The flower of iris implies a message and a promise of hope. The meaning of this flower is often associated with valor and wisdom. ”

This Iris is prolific, thriving in moist soil. It is also easily uprooted and reestablishes itself quickly as it’s rhizomes can re-root easily even when simply thrown on top of a pile of loose soil.

Iris closeup copyright 2012 Pamela Breitberg