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Today was the day, the very last day to get a nice shot of my ‘Judith’ Daylily. After today, there would be no more blooms until next year. Over the past week, I’ve photographed the flowers up close, far away, individually, as a group, etc. and nothing has worked. Soooo, this was it. No pressure, right?

To add to the difficulty, dark clouds were looming and rain was imminent! I decided to do the best I could and let fate decide the outcome.

"Judy" (Hemerocallis 'Judith' Daylily, Old Hollywood Glamour Series), Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/20, 1/40s, ISO 640

“Judy” (Hemerocallis ‘Judith’ Daylily, Old Hollywood Glamour Series), Nikon D300, 550mm (200-400mm w/1.4x teleconverter), F/20, 1/40s, ISO 640

I bought this particular daylily many years ago in honor of my mother-in-law, Judy, who was taken away from us much too soon. Just like the blossom that bears her name, she was also larger than life, with rosy-pink cheeks and eyes that would twinkle when she smiled. She welcomed me to the family with open arms and engulfed me in warm hugs. Those are what I miss most.

Admittedly, I wasn’t much of anything (wife, homemaker, gardener, cook, etc.) when she was here with us. I’ve certainly come a long way since then and her influences weave in and out of my life. When I look at these flowers, I see her and hope that she is proud of the daughter-in-law I’ve become.

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