Blue-eyed Grass at South Beach

June 25th, 2010 | by | 7 Comments
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Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale)

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale) Flower #1

One of the plants that I’ve been trying to photograph for years is Blue-eyed Grass. I never seem to get the timing right – I’m either too early and find this iris in bud or too late and it has already gone to seed.

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale)

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale) Flower #2

Today, while out scouting a route for tomorrow’s guided walk about plants that live on rocky outcrops I found several patches of Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale) in bloom at South Beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. I was extremely happy to finally have the opportunity to photograph this beautiful member of the Iris Family (Iridaceae). Like both the species and common name suggests, this iris is found close to the ocean.

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale)

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale) Flower #3

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale)

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale) Flower #4

Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale)

A metalic fly lands on the flower of Shore Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium littorale).


  • http://rockpaperlizard.blogspot.com/ Hugh

    Very nice pictures, Dave. A favourite plant of mine. Stupid fly, wrecking the last one.

  • http://don-tbugme.blogspot.com/ Don’t Bug Me!

    That is one gorgeous flower!

  • http://www.bikesbirdsnbeasts.blogspot.com Carol Carson

    Stunning photographs of a truly gorgeous plant. I’m happy the timing finally cooperated to help you realize a dream!

  • Dave

    Thanks folks – we went out there again today and the flowers were all closed up, seems like either they need a little sun to fully open or the bloom was a one day thing!

  • Dave

    Thanks Hugh – I worked really hard to get that fly in focus : )

  • http://drivingonair.blogspot.com Brauna

    Dave,
    Nice shots of a lovely little gem. You were so lucky! Timing is everything.

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