Sic transit gloria mudni – How quickly the glory of the world fades.
I wasn’t drawn to this magenta Lily by its fading beauty, but by the luminescent yellow of the center of the flower. As I got closer, I noticed the pollen clinging to the filaments at the center.
When I opened up the image in Lightroom, to possibly select it and process further, I noticed the drops of pollen on the lower leaf. Perhaps they fell off of one of the many different variety of bees that I saw on my walk through the flowers in Washington Park.
Another element that adds to the image is the fresh bud, about to bloom into full flower at the upper right. They cycle of life in one image. The aging flower, it’s pollen providing for continuation of the plant, working in cooperation with the bees who get sustenance from the nectar of the flower and carry the pollen as a by-product. That pollen is carried to other plants, to make the flowers come to life.
The bud reminds me that the next generation is nipping at my heels.