I would like to take this opportunity to interrupt the review of my first Steward Island visit in order to bring you this bulletin on the appearance of the first Iris of the season. We have many buds and several more are beginning to open, but this is the only one so far that has opened fully. I managed to catch it in the natural, golden light of the low-angle, late-afternoon sunlight, only moments before the ambient light faded into dark shadows.
I would also like to dedicate this photograph to my very dear friend CRO who, I learned today, will be undergoing serious surgery in the very near future. This one’s for you.