I Never Had A Red Amaryllis

I never had a red Amaryllis.

This Amaryllis is Red.

She-Devil Red

Amaryllis-I

The center is dark, without structure, diffuse and opaque.

Old Faithful thrashed and complained when she tried to focus.

Diffuse

We struggled in the bright light.

She trying to trigger the flash.

Me holding it down with my finger.

And swearing…

Blue

We struggled in the shade.

She violently focusing in and out.

Me holding the focus ring to stop her.

Rats!

Two-Colors

RED, I tell you, she’s red!

I howled.

Hey, I’m doin‘ the best I can here!

O.F croaked.

(Old Faithful is a whiner.)

Whacky-II

Me:

What are you doing?  You’ve lost your mind!

This thing’s half-red!

Old Faithful:

Hey, first you drop me on my head and give me arthritis of the ring!

There’s so much dust in my eye, I can barely peek out!

Somebody smudges my glasses!

On top of that, you give me this fickle RED model

and point me smack into the sun with no flash!

What the heck do you expect?

Jazz

Okay, here you go, you old Hippie Wench.

Roll that and smoke it!

🙂

UPDATE

Old Faithful is enjoying a sabbatical of indeterminate duration.

She-Devil Red is on holiday in Shady Pergola.

Pergola

😉

79 Comments on “I Never Had A Red Amaryllis

    • Thank you, Colline. I don’t normally have red flowers. I really never liked them. But, She-Devil Red grew on me. Chuckle… Thanks for stopping by to visit! 🙂

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed She-Devil Red! This is the first time I’ve had red ones. I have several very old white ones in the garden. The red ones have thicker petals that are more sculpted and smell like peppermint. I just visited Fell Lapland and saw the most gorgeous photographs! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to visit!

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  1. This is hysterically clever! And those first four photos are gorgeous – the first bud especially, and the second with the screen on it – really interesting. (I used to get a white Amaryllis every year but they’re harder to find lately – I’m sure I could order one but I don’t bother. And really, this Ms. Scarlet is quite striking!) Bravo!

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    • Thank you, Lynn! She-Devil Red was something else! She was supposed to be white and pink. We have several of the white ones. I have two of these that my daughter brought home from Sam’s Club during the holidays. I will transplant them into the ground in the spring. They turned out to be very interesting. The petals smell like peppermint! Thanks for stopping by to visit.

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  2. Your Amaryllis is such a Diva what with all that pouty read and flamboyant attitude but what a fabulous fun session! Your poor camera, they do protest at times don’t they!

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    • Thanks, Patti! Yes, I did have quite the epic struggle with She-Devil Red that day! The real whiner is O.F. (my Nikkor 18-200mm, walk-around lens). Sometimes, I laugh at her too! Glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for dropping by to chat!

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    • Thanks, Richard. I had something of an epic struggle with that Devil-Red! I see that you are back even if it is just for the C.K. collaboration. That one was fun.

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  3. You are a poet! Of words AND pictures 🙂 This might be because I’m a bit obsessed with it (poetry) at the moment. I just have this wonderful image of you wrestling with OF and Miss Amaryllis looking snootily on. Lovely.

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    • Ha-ha, Susan! Yes, you must be way into poetry if this sounds like poetry to you. Chuckle… I have names for everything around me. I’ve done that since childhood to the total consternation of my mother! My daughter caught on as a baby and still does it too at forty-five! I guess life is more fun if you don’t take it too seriously, or yourself too seriously either. Thank you for saying that about my little story, Susan. I appreciate it. Lemony introduced me to your blog a long time ago. She said that I really must visit because your photographs are superb and you are such a nice person. She was right. 🙂 The cow portraits are indeed like paintings! Just beautiful.

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    • Thank you, Linda! I really do appreciate your kind words. I do have fun with the camera and Old Faithful (lens). 🙂 The Polar Vortex is hacking away at every tropical plant and tree in the garden now. I’ve turned to photographing ice and dead stuff! Chuckle… Spring will come around sooner or later and I’ll start over. I appreciate your always stopping in to visit, Linda!

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  4. Delightful post, George! I love your humour, you have such an intimate, interactive way with things, and you write so well. And the pictures are glorious. I hope you’re fine – and that the most recent batch of snow has not got as far south as you. Adrian

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    • Thanks, Adrian. I’m happy that you liked my little escapade with the lens. Yes, the damn Polar Vortex witch strangled nearly everything in my garden. She’s on her way back down here to South Texas tonight! Ugh! I guess you can’t have a tropical garden unless you live in a tropical climate. Chuckle… I’ll simply start over. 🙂 Since I’m determined to have palms of all kinds regardless of the climate!

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  5. Stunning shots. Red flowers are a challenge to get right. You succeeded! and then some. Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I appreciate your liking it.

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    • Well, I thought it was funny afterwards. While I was fighting with O.F., it didn’t seem too humorous! Actually, I’d seen the red ones growing in front lawns here. They naturalize if you plant the bulbs. I just never had a red one. Thanks, WL!

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  6. These are gorgeous shots, George. And that really is some RED. I can see why your camera struggled with it. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Robin! It really is some kind of red! But, much easier to photograph once I moved it into a softer light. O.F. and I did have a real tussle there for a bit! Thank you for stopping in to chat! 🙂

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  7. ha! it’s taken almost a day to reach the comment part of this post. slow connections were surely invented by the devil! the fringe benefit is that i was able to enjoy the photos many times, and every single one is ‘drop=dead gorgeous’ =====well done, amiga!]

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    • Almost nothing frustrates me like a slow Internet connection! You got my sympathies there. I think they were invented by the Devil! I really do appreciate you looking at my photos, Lisa. You are such a fine artist, and your painting is so creative and wonderful. You live at the Riverhouse, don’t you? When I see it, I think I could live happily there forever. You were wise to choose that part of the world. Thank you for waiting so patiently for my post to load. 🙂

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      • those images will burn in my memory for a long time. they’re outstanding! top of the class, amiga!

        yes, the riverhouse was a gift from the owners of the shrimp farm! it had no power or water, and one quarter of the first floor had a dirt floor and a bamboo ladder to crawl to the living space! the other part downstairs was a bodega for the farm. i’ve rented the bodega for my studio, and of course you’ve been watching the facelift that happens little by little! z

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  8. Now that is some She-Devil Red, if I ever saw it. Damn! This is no shy shepherdess (thinking of Virgil’s Amaryllis) ;-). I love the composition of the first shot, and the tight focus on the anther, well, and in the last one, too, and in the groovy 60s shot. The diffusion of the light in the second shot is really pretty. And, of course, I like the shadows in the third. You gave OF quite a workout! I hope she recuperates during her sabbatical. This is such a fun post, George. It’s good that you can laugh through the frustration, and great for us, because we get to laugh with you and see the wonderful results of your efforts! 🙂

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    • Ha-ha! She’s red all right! Thanks, Lemony. I’m glad you liked it! I appreciate all the feedback on the images. I might as well laugh. All the tears in the world won’t fix what that damn Polar Vortex broke!

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    • Thank you, Nia! I like the “artistic” part of your comment. I appreciate that coming from an artist like you! Thanks for stopping in to chat! 🙂

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  9. Lovely pictures. I have an amaryllis waiting to bloom right now. I think it will be red and I hope I don’t have as much trouble taking a picture as you did although I suspect I will. Red flowers seem to be particularly reluctant to have their photo taken. At least I’m just using my iPhone though so there aren’t too many things to fiddle with.

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    • Hi, Marie! I never have red flowers. I never much liked them, so I’m unfamiliar with photographing them. I enjoyed the playing with the Amaryllis photos after I moved it out of the direct backlight of the sun. I hope you have less trouble than I did! Chuckle… Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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      • I had a little practice run with red flowers yesterday when I spotted some camellias in the park. Not sure why they are blooming in January but it’s been an odd kind of winter.

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    • HI, Narelle! Thank you very much! I had fun with She-Devil Red despite the hassle with the sun. I love your gravatar. Such a pretty and sunshiny and mischievous face! 🙂 I smile every time I see you peeking out at me! Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a great compliment!

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  10. I love your commentary, but what did you expect when you take on the she-devil bloom? How long before OF sees the light of day once more….

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    • Hi, Jackie! She-Devil Red was supposed to be pink! My daughter brought two of them over during the holidays thinking they were white with pink centers and veins. I do like it though even if it is a wild thing to photograph! O.F. is resting in her lens bag. I am considering a reprieve though since we are attached at the hip! Chuckle…

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  11. What great captures… I have only seen the red ones and reading the comments I see there are other colours… that amazes me… but your photography is brilliant ….
    by the way hows our parrot doing.???

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    • Thank you, Rob! You always make me feel great about my photographs! 🙂 Yes, there are really beautiful white/pink ones. I don’t know what other colors. Order a bulb and grow it in a pot. They do really well as potted plants and require almost no care. The foliage is pretty when they aren’t blooming too. I’ll trade flowers for African animals and your incredible bird photographs! Deal??? Chuckle…

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      • We have two red ones in pots in front of our house, but can’t say I’ve ever seen the other colours… sorry no deal… I’ll keep to the hard task of photoing animals here in the wild… it’s a hard task but some one has to do it… now I’m chuckling…

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        • Somehow I didn’t think you’d go for the deal!
          My heart’s probably way too weak to take in all of that incredible wildlife, Rob. 🙂

          Give us a shot of the red amaryllis when they bloom.

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  12. Whew, I’m exhausted…I can only imagine how you must have felt! The results were worth the struggle. Give O.F. a rest now, until next time…

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    • And I’ve only had white ones with pink throats and veins. They are lovely. You really must get one of those. My mother had the white and pink ones for years before she died, and we still have them in Kelli’s yard. I kept them potted for fifteen years, I guess, before we planted them. They do really well in pots and reproduce more bulbs every year. Thanks, Gail! 🙂

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  13. I don’t know an Amaryllis from a Sarsaparilla but I do admit to having seen these particular flowers before… I just didn’t know what they were called. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a red one. These are such interesting angles. Which camera is Old Faithful? The Lumix or the Nikon? The 300 or the D5100? Regardless, the photos are beautiful. LOL… I can just hear you speaking all the words you wrote!

    BTW… I am now getting email notifications for She Kept a Parrot!!! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Ray. It’s the D5100 that I use mostly all the time now. The Old Faithful is the Nikkor 18-200mm lens that I dropped and you drilled the filter off of. I switched to the 18-55mm lens for the last photo. I don’t really need the longer telephoto, but I like the shallow DOF that I get with it. I really chuckled about the “sixties” colors that I got on that one with the yellow top petals. I’m happy that you got the notices since I love it when I see you here! 🙂

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  14. That gave me a good laugh … I can soooo, sooo relate to each and every aspect of the battle-of-wits which transpired between you and Old Faithful. Sorry to be a techno-snob but … you should be able to turn the flash OFF … and you should be able to work Old Faithful around to focus lock such that when you recompose to your liking she/he will cool his/her jets (if you know what I mean) … and, finally, without flash you should be able to adjust exposure by playing with the exposure value (EV +/-). Sorry for being so obnoxious but I fear for Old Faithful’s life if you and he/she should mix it up again! Finally … nice shots of the flower! D

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    • Ha-ha! You would try to help. I’m hopeless, I tell you. I will look at the lock feature though. Some time ago, I considered upgrading from my D300 to a D600, but Ken Rockwell told me that I wouldn’t use the features and that the D5100 would produce equal image quality. He knows me? I think he must! I bought the D5100 and like it since I can set it by the icons on the dial… Chuckle… I used to set the ISO on the D300. I was forever setting it really high and forgetting. I was making some pictures of an old vegetable vendor on the highway and forgot that I’d set it too high. That’s when I realized that I am too absent-minded to lock or set anything! I’d forget how to undo what I’d read in the manual on how-to! I will look at the EV +/- too though. That would be handy. Mostly, I simply wait until the light is to my liking before I venture out. Thanks, D!

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    • Ha-ha! Thanks, RoSy. I had a time of it too! 🙂 I’m so absent minded that I forget how to set the camera so Old Faithful lens can work. It’s easier to move the plant to the pergola or wait for the light to change… Chuckle…

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    • Thanks, Meredith. I did have quite the time of it until I got my wits about me and moved the thing inside the pergola away from the harsh sunlight. Duh… Chuckle…

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        • Well, yes, I do. I was surprised to find the one with the “sixties” colors on the card. I only increased the saturation. I didn’t do any filter thing with it. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. O.F. tricked me big time. I always like the strange stuff, but I’m reluctant to post it. Glad to hear that you like these! Thanks a bunch!:

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  15. She’s a stunner! I can remember having a similar problem with a red red magnolia. Glad I’m in such good company, George. Love the way you tell it 🙂

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    • Hi, Jo! I couldn’t believe that I was having such trouble. Of course, I blamed it all on O.F.! I haven’t had many really red plants, so I’m unfamiliar with photographing them. The red just seems to obliterate any structure in the blossom. I was having a real hassle with it. Then, I gave up and moved it to the softer light of the pergola. What amused me was the “Sixties” color I got with the sun shining through the petals. Thanks for stopping in to chat, Jo. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Sylvia! I’m glad you enjoyed my amaryllis story. Yep, we had a time of it until I gave up and moved the plant to the pergola. 🙂 Thank you for stopping in to chat.

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  16. These are amazing photographs! You once gave me an amaryllis which lived a long time and bloomed and bloomed!! It was not she-devil red, however!

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    • Thanks, Linda. That amaryllis was one from Granny’s original plants. We still have them in Kelli’s yard. They’re pink and white. This red one is some kind of hard to photograph! 🙂

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    • Thanks, Carissa! I thought it was funny when I got the sixties color, so I decided to share my story. I bet everybody who ever picked up a camera has talked to a lens in something less than a polite fashion! 😉

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    • Thanks, Shimon. I had fun with this one. The sun gave me a surprising “sixties” shot of the amaryllis.
      I’m glad you enjoyed the tale. When I moved her into the pergola, my luck improved dramatically! 😉

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    • Thank you, Shazia! It was frustrating fun to photograph the Amaryllis that my daughter gave me during the holidays. I appreciate the visit and your nice comment! 🙂

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