Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Lighting the Canna Lilies (August 2017)

September 28, 2017

If you get to Schoepfle Garden when the sun is still coming in at a slant, you can see it light up the Wyoming Canna Lilies.

10 responses

  1. What a gorgeous flash of light that is.


    September 28, 2017 at 4:01 AM

    • Every year I look for the height of the lilies and the sun to reach a certain confluence so that I can catch the light this way.


      September 28, 2017 at 9:05 AM

  2. And it does light up the lily so beautifully. A lovely photo.


    September 28, 2017 at 6:19 AM

  3. Laurence And Marjorie Porter

    Magical, Linda!


    September 28, 2017 at 9:21 AM

  4. This is beautiful, Linda. Gorgeous colors in an almost abstract pattern. Well done!


    September 28, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    • Thank you, Ken. I’d bet I have a hundred photos of these plants The depth of field is particularly hard to get right.


      September 28, 2017 at 10:31 AM

  5. September light is a wonderful thing…I’m left puzzled by “Wyoming Canna lilies” though. Seems contradictory!


    September 29, 2017 at 10:26 PM

    • I Googled and Googled, and now I give up. I can’t find out why this variety of Canna Lilies is called “Wyoming.” Wikipedia did give me some interesting information about Canna Lilies in general, though. Talk about rabbit holes.

      • The rhizomes of cannas are rich in starch, and it has many uses in agriculture. All of the plant has commercial value, rhizomes for starch (consumption by humans and livestock), stems and foliage for animal fodder, young shoots as a vegetable, and young seeds as an addition to tortillas.
      • The seeds are used as beads in jewelry.
      • The seeds are used as the mobile elements of the kayamb, a musical instrument from Réunion, as well as the hosho, a gourd rattle from Zimbabwe, where the seeds are known as hota seeds.
      • In more remote regions of India, cannas are fermented to produce alcohol.
      • The plant yields a fibre from the stem, which is used as a jute substitute.
      • A fibre obtained from the leaves is used for making paper. The leaves are harvested in late summer after the plant has flowered, they are scraped to remove the outer skin, and are then soaked in water for two hours prior to cooking. The fibres are cooked for 24 hours with lye and then beaten in a blender. They make a light tan brown paper.
      • A purple dye is obtained from the seed.
      • Smoke from the burning leaves is said to be insecticidal.
      • Cannas are used to extract many undesirable pollutants in a wetland environment as they have a high tolerance to contaminants.
      • In Thailand, cannas are a traditional gift for Father’s Day.
      • In Vietnam, canna starch is used to make cellophane noodles known as miến dong.


      September 30, 2017 at 4:20 PM

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