The enigmatic Mt Cook lily is for starters really a buttercup

The famed Mount Cook lily, Ranunculus lyalli, is the largest buttercup in the world, and ever since seeing my first many years ago, I’ve been quite fascinated by them. Like I’d think how can something so fragile produce a flower that can and does literally beam no matter what weather events decide to occur in the mostly November flowering time.

Being a buttercup means the environment it needs to survive has to be a wee bit damp. Because it grows near rocks which heat up during the day, it has stomates [these let water in and out of the leaves] on both sides of the leaves, not just the underneath like most other plants. This means the plant can control it’s temperature better and not dry out.

Starting last weekend I went on photographic assignment you could say – one where I wanted to capture Buttercup’s moods and emotions…

I’m aloof and elegant, shining out from the riff raff Spaniards…Mt cook lily

One last look around at dusk and before the storm…
Mt cook lily

Feeling like dancing in the wind…
Mt cook lily

Oh dear I’m feeling heavy, but I’m still watching…
Mt cook lily

I’m really just protecting my heart from all this water…
Mt cook lily

Hey, I want to be in the photo too you know…
Mt cook lily

My family come around often and really support me…
Mt cook lily

I’m looking forward to being with my siblings soon, in the meantime what’s your name…
Mt cook lily

Always a happy and smiling host…Mt cook lily

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  4 comments for “The enigmatic Mt Cook lily is for starters really a buttercup

  1. Deirdre
    November 27, 2013 at 8:22 pm


    • Donald Lousley
      December 6, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Deirdre. Glad you enjoyed them. xx

  2. Jen
    November 27, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Absolutely lovely. I especially like the 2nd one from the top. Very nice juxtaposition. x

    • Donald Lousley
      December 6, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      Thanks Jen – lovely comment! Yes, I like the stormy context. xx

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