Michigan lily – Michigan lilies (Lilium michiganense) and Turk’s cap lilies (Lilium superbum) are often confused. One way to tell the difference is to look inside the blossom. The Turk’s cap has green triangles at the base of the petals. We sometimes find Michigan lilies in road ditches in northeastern Iowa.
Sugar Maple leaf – Our maple tree usually turns soft yellow, orange, and red each autumn. Very rarely, it makes fantastic cell designs as it sheds chlorophyll just before dropping its leaves. This is a life-size section of a leaf taped to glass with western evening light behind. The tree is doing something similar this year so our collection of leaf abstracts is growing.
From Deep Nature: Photographs from Iowa