Day Lily

Day Lily ~ Hemerocallis fulva
Some wildflowers are really just garden escapees who have foraged out beyond the order of human plantings to make a home for themselves amongst the native plants and other weeds. That would be the day lily. It may not be a native, or naturally wild, but it grows wild in ditches and along old habitations throughout the state of Minnesota.

I have long since enjoyed drawing day lilies--they have a lot more detail than one might see at first glance, such as ruffling on the edge of the petals (whereas the sepals are smooth-edged), lots of color (shading from dark to light, crimson to orange, even green to yellow), and a fine tracery of veins on the petals.

Photographs by Rachael Koppendrayer, July 8, 2017