A few yards further along the trail, and everywhere I looked I saw more lilies in bloom.
Most of the lilies I saw were the typical orange, but here and there I spied some that appeared to be a golden yellow.
Because the flowers dangle down, they hide their interior beauty from view, unless we gently turn them up to see their speckled throats and pollen-laden anthers.
Although I saw many plants yesterday, they didn't seem quite as vigorous, or as varied in color, as those I had found along this trail in past years. This spectacular specimen with seven bright-yellow blooms was one I photographed in 2009. Glowing like embers in the hedge behind them was another lily plant with abundant flowers so deeply orange they appeared almost red.
This is another spectacular specimen I photographed in 2012, and these are indeed a true rich red, but with a yellow underlay.
In recent years, some botanists have argued that the orange/yellow- and the red-flowered Canada Lilies should be separated into two distinct subspecies, the orange/yellow flowers placed in the subspecies canadense, and the red ones assigned to the subspecies editorum. I'm not sure which subspecies this particular plant would belong to, since it displays bright yellow as well as rich red.
I doubt I will be able to show my photographer friend the red-flowered lilies this year, because when I went to the place where I had found them two years ago, I found only lily stems that had been bitten off by deer. Alas! Ah well, we can always hope the red ones will return to us in years to come. I can attest that many lily seeds have been sown, since even now, tall stalks of the lily's empty seed ponds can be seen throughout the marsh.
Just for the record, there were some other lovely flowers in bloom this week at Bog Meadow. Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) was decorating the shores of (where else?) the swamp, and it was as fragrant as it was beautiful.