IN THE FIELD: Roadside Color

One of my favorite things to see when driving the country roads near where I live, are wild day lilies. They begin to make their appearance in June, shortly after the Dames Rocket are finished blooming. They are a common sight on roadside embankments, in ditches and in other naturalized areas. Typically their biggest blooming period is from late spring throughout the summer, and in lesser amounts, into early autumn.

Folks also plant them on hillsides as an erosion control or alongside their driveways to dress up the front of their property. Somehow, one small group will manage to spread far and wide, providing splashes of color lasting several months for everyone to see as they drive by.

I photographed these lilies with my 35mm 1.8 prime lens using an ISO of 200, at 1/250th of a second, aperture set at f3.5 with a sunny white balance setting.

  1. June 18, 2012 at 9:11 am

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  2. June 18, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Great photo of the Lilies, David.

    We have an International Collection of Water Lilies here in San Angelo. One of only five in the world. You would be in heaven if you were to be here to photograph them. 🙂

    • June 18, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Wow I sure would love to see that!!!! Never been to Texas but I will put San Angelo on the list !!!

  3. June 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    What a lovely shot – nice and sharp! They are very beautiful flowers. I prefer them to the cultivated ones.

    • June 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Thanks Meanderer, I prefer them also…some of the cultivated varieties are a little to wild for my taste.

  4. June 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Lovely colors, David. I have the same colors blooming in the garden, haven’t had a chance to photograph them though.

    • June 19, 2012 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Gracie, ya know…if our back yard had more sun I would plant some also! You better get out there with the camera kiddo!!

  5. June 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    How beautiful people plant them alongside the road and also on hillsides… These are so beautiful flowers I can imagine the road… Your photograph shows too… I loved it, dear David, and I guess they are not in the same colour, should be different colours too… Thank you dear, have a nice day, love, nia

    • June 19, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Yes it is very pretty to see them covering hills along the road. Most are this color, although sometimes we see burgundy and orange.

  6. June 18, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Beautiful! I love seeing these in Ohio when I visit. They seem to be everywhere. Ooohh – 35mm, 1.8 – great fun, I’m sure!

    • June 19, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Isn’t it great…driving along, go around bend in road, and suddenly there they are! That lens (Nikon) is super sharp, almost weightless, focuses instantly and was under 200 bucks. On my camera it is the equivalent to a 50mm in the old film days.

  7. June 18, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I enjoy seeing these lilies, i will keep my eyes open around here. Nice prime lens you have.

    • June 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

      They should be blooming any time now!!! Love that lens…it was under 200 dollars…on my wish list are either a 50mm which would equal a 75mm in film or even the 85mm which would equal a 128mm. The primes are so sharp!

      • June 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

        very good price…and sharp, well I could benefit from that.

  8. June 18, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    beautiful, David!

    • June 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

      Thanks Saffron, they should be blooming near where you live!!! Ours started about a week ago.

  9. June 19, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Beautiful! I would love to see them growing wild! We have one whole flower bed full of them, I think about 20 different varieties. They do well in our climate.

    • June 19, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Wow that must be an extraordinary sight!!! I’ll have to get some more shots of them growing in mass…with a safer place to pull over! Aha…I just thought of a spot!!!

  10. Nandini
    June 19, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Beautiful color, David! Loved these flowers.

  11. June 19, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Thanks Nandin, they sure do stand out in the landscape. Especially if there is some shade!!!

  12. Jo Woolf
    June 19, 2012 at 9:22 am

    These must make a spectacular show as wild flowers. Lovely image!

    • June 19, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      They sure do…waves of orange as you drive by…sometimes for quite a distance!!

  13. June 19, 2012 at 10:33 am

    When they go wild they go wild! but they are pretty to see along the way. Pretty picture

    • June 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks T, Boy they sure do wild…they can really spread and brighten the landscape!

  14. June 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    These are beautiful flowers! Awesome shot! I used to grow these, but not where I live now because the deer love them.

    • June 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks Fergie, surprisingly the deer leave them alone around here…they just come for my hostas. I read online that almost all of the plant (the wild ones) is edible…probably why the deer love them so much!!!

  15. June 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Very nicely spotted and realized, David.

    • June 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks Kerry, I’ve been scouting for a place to get more of a vista type shot showing the masses of flowers…just need a safe place to pull off the road.

  16. June 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

    We work so hard to grow Day Lilies and you get them by the roadside?! 🙂

  17. June 24, 2012 at 7:43 am

    We sure do, sometimes you will see just few blooms and in other places there will be thousands!!!

  18. June 24, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    They look like exploding fireworks!

  19. June 25, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Hey , Ya know…they do!!!!

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