Royal Storm Iris

Royal Storm Iris

The Sculpture Garden, according to the Friends of Yavapai College Art, “is a place of beauty, inspiration, and thoughtful reflection.” This past Sunday we visited this gem in order for me to try out a new camera, a Canon PowerShot SX710. My first digital camera was the Canon PowerShot S45 and the new camera replaces a Canon PowerShot SX200. The zoom on these cameras has increased from 3X to 12X to 30X. My first digital camera did not have image stabilization, an improved feature on my later cameras. Some functions such as photostitching and a preset for sunsets, however, are not included in the latest edition. Dick Marcusen’s “Community Gothic” (1986) is one of my favorite sculptures in this four acre plot adjacent to the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. The best reward was finding many of the irises in bloom, and the scattered rain showers added to their beauty. The Prescott Area Iris Society should be commended or their loving care of this delightful garden. A couple of the special collections of irises include the Dykes Medal award winning iris from 1926 to the present and a Black Iris Garden. The following irises were in bloom during our visit: role model, royal storm, desert sonata, American master, circus stripes, double exposure, about last night, bonjour, eye magic, private treasure, leaps and bounds, and screenplay. The month of May is said to be the best time to see irises in bloom. Plan now to visit the Yavapai College Sculpture and Iris Gardens.

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