Cee’s Len’s-Artists Photo Challenge this week features single flowers. I realized I’m spoiled for choice, but that’s not a bad problem to have.

My first photo, an iris, was taken with an iPhone and has been one of my most popular photos. Of course, the light is what makes it and I never again could get that same light. Then the older man who grew these beauties on his tree lawn died and the family dug them up.

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.”
― Luther Burbank

Now that we live in the desert, I think it only fitting that I should include a shot of a cactus flower. Although you might not think it, the cacti have some of the most beautiful blooms you’ll ever see. Just be careful when getting a closeup!

“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay

Finally, a choice from the park I left behind in Naperville, McDowell Forest Preserve. The wildflowers in spring were spectacular and I wandered in them for hours, bemused by their small, delicate beauty.

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair…”
― susan polis schutz

  1. Janet, what amazing and wonderful shots! Just perfect. Thank you, Randy

  2. Sue says:

    That cactus flower is beautiful, Janet!

  3. pattimoed says:

    Each one is lovely, Janet! I can see why the iris is your favorite, but I love the desert bloom, too. Beautiful vibrant colors in all of them.

    • The iris was a favorite of my blog followers, although I love it as well. But that cactus bloom is quite special to me as well. Thanks for stopping by and for commenting. Enjoy your weekend.

  4. Su Leslie says:

    These are all lovely Janet. I agree with you about cactus flowers, and love the nasturtium too.

    • Thanks, Su. I missed seeing wildflowers this year even though I love the cactus flowers. Next spring I’ll try to visit somewhere that has wildflowers. If we hadn’t advanced our move date, I probably would have seen them. But it was better we left when we did.

  5. Dan Antion says:

    All beautiful, Janet. I’m looking forward to seeing more cactus flowers.

  6. Beautiful! And that cactus flower is awesome! Cactus have amazing flowers 😊🌵

  7. Tina Schell says:

    Three beauties Janet but I’m all about that desert flower. Wowza!!!

  8. Amy says:

    All are beautiful, Janet! Love the lighting and color of the first one especially.

  9. anne leueen says:

    Just beautiful photos. The lighting is so good it brings a whole new level to the flowers especially the second photo. Good photography!!!!

  10. Nice selection, Janet. 👏🏻

  11. That cactus flower looks quite like an Iris. So beautiful, Janet. 😍

  12. robert20359 says:

    hi janet, beautiful photos of flowers i like it y very much.
    Many greetings robert

  13. Cee Neuner says:

    Janet, I knew you would have some absolutely gorgeous floral photos for us. You did not disappoint. I can’t even begin to pick a favorite. Thanks for adding to the fun of guesting hosting. 😀

  14. Resa says:

    All beautiful, beautiful shots Janet. Thank you!

  15. Beautiful as always, Janet!

  16. restlessjo says:

    I really like the light through that cactus flower, Janet 🙂 🙂

  17. Lignum Draco says:

    A beautiful series of photos, Janet. Thank you for these.

  18. Leya says:

    Three wonderful images, Janet – the cactus flower is my favorite! Glorious light.

  19. JohnRH says:

    Yup. Great iris!