Consider-the-Lilies Web Gallery

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What is the Gallery

"Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. . . . " (Matthew 6:28b-29, KJV) 


One day as I walked across my yard, I noticed some tiny flowers decorating my lawn. Recalling these Bible verses, I knelt down to closely examine—consider, as Jesus said—these Lilliputian beauties. I found that these easily overlooked, seemingly insignificant, miniature wildflowers to be absolutely beautiful up close.



This is that first lily I found in my field,  a colony of Corn Speedwell making itself at home in my lawn.


In this close-up you can see that this Corn Speedwell (Veronica arvensis) blossom, although only a quarter-inch across, is truly worthy of our consideration

Over time, while hiking with my wife in other parts of the Shenandoah Valley and up on the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia it became my habit to scan the ground to see what other tiny wonders I might find. I soon learned that lilies of all types were everywhere to be seen, if I would just look down!

In the Gallery I display our discoveries of the little jewels of God's handiwork during these outings, discuss what I have learned about them, and share some thoughts about these finds.

What is the floor plan of the Gallery?

To ease navigation I have assigned each of the over 160 lilies  displayed in the Gallery to a directory of rooms located in one of four wings: Wildflower, Grass, Insect/Spider, and Tree/Shrub.  In addition, I have a binomial directory for finding lilies  by their scientific—botanical and entomological—names,  as well as a directory indexed by blossom color. (See the Menu for links to all these directories.)

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