Macro Lily Stamens At Aiken County Historical Museum In Aiken, SC

Lily Stamens

All the lilies in this post were found in various spots of the front lawn area at the Aiken County Historical Museum.  I don’t normally spend much time searching for subjects in that location because the gardens usually offer more potential.  However, their bright colors were like beacons that guided me right to the blooms.

 

Macro Lily stamens at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Fire Escape

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The impression that the stamen in my Fire Escape piece created was that they were scampering away from intense heat or quickly trying to avoid being burned.  The yellows, oranges, and reds in the background reminded me of flames.  Even the anthers appear to be looking at and/or encouraging each other to ensure that they are all of the same mindset with regard to fleeing.  The high level of detail allows pollen and surface textures to be seen.

 

 

Macro Lily stamens at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Sizzling

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Sizzling has a similar fire/flames related theme with the stamen shooting up and out of the core where the most extreme heat exists.  In my mind’s eye, the two center stamen provide a sense of something frequently seen in nature; a mother followed very close by its baby (to the point of physically touching).  I also really like the yellow area to the right of the rightmost filament as it appears to be a flickering flame which strengthens the sensation of burning.  The high level of detail allows surface textures and pollen to be seen here too.

 

Macro Lily stamens at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Tines

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The stamen in Tines reminded me of a pitch fork.  I’ve posted before about how much I like lilies, and I’ve spent a lot of time shooting them.  I can say from experience that it is uncommon to find stamen by themselves with no apparent interference from the stigma.  The stigma is normally close to the stamen (or intrudes into the scene by being an out of focus object in front of them) and can be problematic when you want to create a composition of the stamen or anthers in isolation.  So, I was pleased to find this set of stamen with a hidden stigma.  I also liked how the two outside anthers curve outward (the leftmost one to the left and the rightmost one to the right).

 

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