Category Archives: Iris


Everyone with a business needs to know how it’s measuring up. The conventional measurements are expressed in numbers, of course, but what really charges my batteries is to hear or experience the reaction of people who receive a spontaneous gift of a Happiness Card, (little cards with my photography and an inspiring quote.)

I got a message from a friend who offered a card to an 8 year-old boy who’d been waiting for his mother in her waiting room. He chose one that had this quote on the back:. “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” He was delighted as he’d been read stories about Pooh and Piglet.

An interesting thing to do is to suggest someone choose a card by selecting the photograph that calls to them and then read the quotation. Often magic happens. “I needed to hear this,” or “This message was meant for me,” are comments that have been reported back to me over and over. When the quotation hits the mark like that people are visibly moved.

I had an experience earlier this week that illustrates the point. It was the birthday of a friend, and I’d been invited to celebrate the event with him and his friends at a local restaurant. I tucked a Happiness Card in his birthday card, and the card I selected for him was the peach-colored iris with a quote by Anais Nin. “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born, until they arrive.” I chose it because he’s someone who has opened up new worlds in me, but it also brought back a delightful childhood memory for him.

                He remembered being out in the country with his family when he was 5 years old. He found an iris, a flower he hadn’t seen before, sat down by it and got completely lost in the blossom. It reminded me of a quote by Lao Tzu that I shared it with him: “Flowers are love embodied. Look deeply at the color. Feel the vibrancy. Put your nose a little closer. Look deeply. Fall inside. Start your life over right here, right now, inside a flower.” I love how a chain of memories and events got triggered by one small card.

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born, until they arrive. Anais Nin

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born, until they arrive. Anais Nin

I began making Happiness Cards as a way to use my photography to spread some happiness. Maybe it doesn’t work every time, but it has been working enough of the time for me to feel I’m doing okay.



Peachy Iris I planted a couple of bearded iris bulbs in the fall last year. They were in pots outside my kitchen window where I was able to watch the first leaves peek out of the soil, and weeks later, four buds began to appear on a long stem among the leaves. Nothing seemed to change for a long time. When the first bud showed a little color I took a few shots and I kept closer watch. Finally one morning as I was washing dishes I noticed that the first petal was slowly unfurling. I grabbed my camera and tripod to record the birth of the blossom. By the end of the day the beautiful peach colored iris was fully open. I enjoyed it outside until it became obvious that I needed to cut it and bring it inside for some studio work before it faded away. In the final two photos you can see that all the petals have drooped but its beauty is as evident at the end as it was at the beginning. See the slideshow below for the visuals:  LIFE CYCLE OF AN IRIS