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It takes a few efforts: Spider lily tamed

A few weeks ago I saw intriguing red flowers by the wayside and took some pictures, but was not very satisfied with the pictures: they were good enough for the memory, but not for a serious photo. This weekend I came across some more and tried again. A simple example of the oft-told lesson about photography: don’t let go of a subject until you have caught its essence. I think that this second time, I have tamed these wild flowers–for the moment, anyway.

These flowers are called Spider lilies or Higanbana, and have a practical use to keep pests out of rice paddies as they are supposed to be poisonous. Another story associated with Spider lilies is that because they “usually bloom near cemeteries around the autumnal equinox, they are described in Chinese and Japanese translations of the Lotus Sutra as ominous flowers that grow in […] Hell […] and guide the dead into the next reincarnation,” says the Wikipedia.

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3 responses

  1. Nice close up of the flower.

    2011-10-10 at 06:38

    • Thanks for your nice reaction!

      2011-10-11 at 14:52

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