This flower was actually photographed in the great outdoors! The black background on this Japanese Iris was unintentional (“putting the subject under the spotlight”); I was so focused (no pun intended) on capturing all the parts of the flower that I didn’t realize that I hadn’t reset the aperture from the previous landscape photo.
sometimes mistakes can be the paths to new techniques (and new mystiques!)
f/16, 1/500, 100mm macro lens, 100mm, ISO 3200
Other aliases include Fringed Iris, Crested Iris, Iris Japonica, Shaga, or Butterfly Flower. This is a small and delicate looking but hardy Asian native that can grow quite well in North American climes, but it does have its share of nemeses, both meteorological and entomological. For more information on growing this flower, see its Wikipedia profile.