Both of these photo were taken at 7:30 this evening with my iPhone. It definitely wasn't the best time to take photos, but I feared the wind would reduce the poppy to a pile of colorful petals scattered on the ground by morning so I took a quick shot. These poppies originally came from my aunt's garden many, many, many years ago when I was a child. I had two sections of them growing along the fence, but to my dismay, the man cutting my grass this morning must have mistaken them for weeds and one section was completely wiped out by his weed whacker. In his defense, there were weeds growing around them. It's my own darn fault as I should have moved them into my big garden for protection or marked that area off. This will definitely motivate me to move the rest of them.
These purple irises have also been blooming in my backyard as far back as I can remember.
Given the time of day and the limited light, I was really impressed with how sharp this iris photo turned out.