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These are Peruvian lilies, small yellow flowers with reddish accents on their petal tips and in the striped spots. I used a texture to darken around the lilies for a contrast for the flowers as well as symbolism for darkness becoming light at Easter. A 105mm macro lens was used for this photo.
The flowers of Alstroemeria, or the Peruvian Lily or Lily of Peru, are generally showy. All six tepals (tepal denotes either petal or sepal when both are similar, as in lilies, amaryllis, etc.) are roughly similar. In some species two tepals are enlarged and vividly colored and act as "flags" for pollination. The ovary is inferior and the seeds are hard and rounded. Many hybrids and about 190 cultivars have been developed, with different markings and colors, ranging from white, golden yellow, and orange, to apricot, pink, red, purple, and lavender. The most popular and showy hybrids commonly grown today result from crosses between species from Chile (winter-growing) with species from Brazil (summer-growing).
Nature Photography by Sandi O'Reilly, All Rights Reserved. If you have a question please feel free to contact me through the FAA email service, glad to help.
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March 13th, 2013
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