Miss Lily has been my photographic nemesis
When I got my first camera,
I tried to photograph her, with little success.
There was a problem with light and color
and all of those green stems in her center.
I haven’t had much more success in recent years.
There is just something about Miss Lily
that doesn’t like my camera.
Last year, I gave up the struggle and
simply watched her bloom and retire for the winter.
I was convinced that my first photographic subject
would forever be my worst.
This year, I enjoy watching her through the porch screen,
and I photograph her sometimes in the afternoon light.
We have arrived at a truce of sorts in which I make no demands
and she usually refuses to smile on my efforts.
I continue to reach for that Miss Lily portrait that lives in my head.
Perhaps, one day when the stars decree it.