Sunday, May 10, 2009

Today's Flowers #39: Arum Lilly (海芋), Zantedeschia aethiopica

Today is mother's day.  We went out for a late lunch at the mountain spa that we frequently visited.  It is at the back of Yangmingshan facing the Taiwan Strait.    Yangmingshan is a dormant volcano, thus it is rich in hot spring.  It is also quite often called as Taipei's back garden.  We took the way across the mountain to come back to Taipei.  I mentioned to Grace that it should be the season of Calla Lilly now.  There it was in front of us a Calla Lilly field.  We stopped to shop for some, and to photograph.

We thought the flower's name is Calla Lilly.  But after reading through Wikipedia, it seems the correct name should be Arum Lilly, Zantedeschia aethiopica.   The pure white flower is a very dramatic flowering plant.  We brought two cameras, one is D90 with 16-85 lens, and the other is D700 with 70-300 lens.   We hoped that we would have the 105 macro with us.

All through the photographic session, we had the paintings of Calla Lilly of Georgia O'Keffe on our mind.  She has depicted the flower many times in very provocative and sensual ways.  We visited her museum during our trip to New Mexico last year.   

Here is a close-up of a small frog taking a nap inside a flower!

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10 comments:

Rajesh said...

Very beautiful snaps. Never seen the frog in the flower before.

RuneE said...

That last one was a stunner!!!

Day4plus said...

The field of lillies is amazing and of course the napping frog is precious. MB

Arija said...

What a dreamy meadow full and a home for the little frog as well! Just lovely.

shu said...

The little frog caught everyone's heart. Great to learn the Chinese names of all the plants you photogragh. As you, I knew this flower as Calla Lilly - believe it is also called Arum Lilly. Sis

Denise said...

Oh wow, absolutely stunning photos. Thank you so much for sharing them with Today's Flowers. Have a great week.

Regina said...

Beautiful captures. Thanks for sharing.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Beautiful! I've always called them Calla, but now I know better. I have one plant in my flower bed, and it's just now beginning to send up leaves. I hope it will bloom this year.

Lovely set of photos for Today's Flowers.

Race said...

your macro shot of the arum lilly is so beautiful!

VALKYRIEN said...

My goodness - what amazing shots! I thought I loved the first one - and then I saw the other one - and then the one with the little cute frog! I love them all!

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