I've always had a fascination with wild flowers from the Appalachian Mountains. There's something about their unhybridized beauty that reminds me of days gone by. Having grown up in Boone, NC, I can access many memories of walking through the woods and finding ladyslippers (pink, yellow, showy), trillium, jack-in-the-pulpits, bloodroot, solomon seal, and lilies.
I have seen Gray's lily before but have never photographed it.
(photo credit: http://www.hikertohiker.com/)
I was fortunate enough to come across the Turk's Cap Lily along a road near outside Banner Elk, NC. When I saw the stalk with more than a dozen blooms, I felt like a child at Christmas.....what a gift from nature!
Turk's Cap Lily
(Photo: Tanya Wilder, July 2011)