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Holt Pond - Blue Flag (Iris) by T.J. Martin


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Holt Pond - Blue Flag (Iris) by 

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Taken July 6, 2011 – Bridgton, Maine
Canon Rebel XSi with Canon 100mm Macro Lens

Iris, the Latin for Irisversicolor, from the Latin, “with various colors”Blue Flag, from its flower color and the old word for IrisOther common names include: American Blue Flag, Dagger Flower, Dragon Flower, Flag Lily, Harlequin Blueflag, Liver Lily, Poison Flag, Snake Lily, Water Flag , Water Iris, fleur-de-lis, flower-de-luce, clajeux (Qué), Lis met Bontkleurige Bloem (NL), kosatec strakatý (Slovak)


A hardy lakeshore perennial herb of shallow water, 2’-3’ tallLeaves narrow, sword-shaped bears two ranks of sword-shaped, long, narrow leaves sword-like leaves emerge from thick horizontal root stock (corm) which are covered with fibrous roots. This emergent will grow to heights of four feet in spreading clumps. The individual leaves are somewhat shorter than the entire plant. Leaves are folded on the midribs so that they form an overlapping flat fan.Stems unwinged, erect, generally have basal leaves that are more than 1 cm. wide. stout stem grows from a thick, cylindrical, creeping rootstock nearly straight flowering stemsRhizome tends to form large clumps from thick, creeping rhizomes.annual joints, 2" or more long, about ¾" in diameter, cylindrical in the lower half, becoming compressed towards the crown, where the cup-shaped stem-scar is seen, when dry, and numerous rings, formed of leaf scars are apparent above and scars of rootlets below. It is dark brown externally and longitudinally wrinkled. The fracture is short, purplish, the vascular bundles scattered through the central column.Root rootlets are long, slender and simple.Flower large, showy, light to deep blue with yellow and whitish markings at the base of the sepals. Borne 2-3 to a stem. The well developed flower petals and sepals spread out nearly flat and have two forms.Sepals 3, petal-like, spreading or recurved with a greenish-yellow blotch at their base.Petals 3, smaller than the sepalsStamensPistilsOvary inferior (below flower), bluntly angled.Fruit a three celled, bluntly angled capsule, 1½" long and ¾" in diameter. Two rows of densely packed seeds form within each cell.Seed large, brown, with a flattened round form. Can be observed floating on the water’s surface in the fall. Average of 18,000 seeds per pound.


A waterside and shallow water plant; the only iris native to the North Country.Distinguished from the closely related, more southerly species, Iris virginica, by its cauline (stem) leaves that often exceed the flowers whereas the cauline leaves of Iris versicolor are usually shorter than or equal to the height of the flowers.


Newfoundland to Manitoba, south to Florida and Arkansas.Iris versicolor tends to be more northern in its regional distribution, while Iris virginica is more southern.Abundant in swamps and low grounds throughout eastern and central North America, common in Canada, as well as in the United States, liking a loamy or peaty soil.


Edges of ponds and moist soils; shallow waters, sedge meadows, marshes, and along streambanks and shores.

I’m 60+ Years Old and a Resident of Bridgton, Maine

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  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardover 3 years ago

    That’s lovely.

  • Hello Sheryl: Nice to hear from you again. So pleased that you like my photograph “Holt Pond – Blue Flag (Iris)”. Thanks for adding your very thoughtful comments. Best Wishes.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Sharon Johnstone
    Sharon Johnstoneover 3 years ago

    Very beautiful!!

  • Greetings Sharon: Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my photograph “Holt Pond – Blue Flag (Iris)”. I’m very pleased that you like it. Nice to hear from you again. Best Wishes.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Astrid Ewing Photography
    Astrid Ewing P...over 3 years ago

    Such a gorgeous presentation!

  • Hi Astrid: Nice to hear from you again. I’m pleased to see that you’ve added this photograph to your list of favorites. Thank You. And, thanks so much for your very thoughtful comments.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Josie Eldred
    Josie Eldredover 3 years ago

  • Hi Josie: Sorry to have taken so long to send out this thank you note. Very pleased to hear that my photograph “Holt Pond – Blue Flag (Iris)” was featured in Quality Unlimited Group. Many thanks to the hosts and members of the group for this very nice compliment.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 3 years ago

    I present good quote to you: “Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one’s head” – Mark Twain
    Great arrangement by heart always make the splendid artwork, thank you sharing to a million friends:)
    Best regards,

  • Hello Sunny: Always nice to hear from you. Thanks for sending along the quote from Mark Twain. I’m pleased that you like my photograph “Holt Pond – Blue Flag (Iris)”.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 3 years ago

    10 July 2011
    You will find the link to the challenge for this lovely flower HERE and perhaps you’ll be so kind to leave a friendly comment to your fellow featured artist… :-)

  • Hello Qnita: I’m very glad to hear that my photograph “Holt Pond – Blue Flag (Iris)” was featured in One Single Flower group. Thanks so much to the hosts and members of the group for this very nice compliment.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Priska Wettstein
    Priska Wettsteinover 3 years ago

    congrats, love that soft background.

  • Hello Priska: Thanks for your kind comments on my photograph “Holt Pond – Blue Flag (Iris)” and for your congrats on my feature as well. I’m pleased that you’ve chosen this image to add to your list of favorites. Thanks so much, Priska. Nice to hear from you.

    – T.J. Martin

  • Helen K. Passey
    Helen K. Passeyover 3 years ago

    Stunning. Congratulations on your feature!

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...over 3 years ago

    TJ – this is just fabulous – many congratulations on your features !!

  • Greetings Mattie: Thanks for your very kind compliment on my photograph “Holt Pond – Blue Flag (Iris)” and for your many congrats on my features as well. I’m very pleased that you like this photograph. Nice to hear from you. Best Wishes.

    – T.J. Martin

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