Here is the
newsletter for April. Enough, already with the cold weather!!! UGH!! We
did have some warm and sunny days so we were able to get out and get
something done in the yard. Ol’ Man Winter, please go away. The tulips
and crocus are blooming and will bring us wonderful colors for SPRING.
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME:
SATURDAY, April 7, 2012 AT 6:30 P.M.
Usual potluck supper followed by meeting.
PLACE: Eagles Lodge Community Room on east end of building next
to Rosauers. 2420 South Avenue West. Hosts are Cindy Davis and Scott
AGENDA: Discussion of possible June garden tour of member homes
for society members only
A host home is
needed for the June 2nd meeting. Call Carol Addeo at 251-5833 is you can
provide the meeting location.
MEMBERSHIP LIST: Copies of the MIS Membership List for 2012 will
be passed out to everyone in attendance at the April meeting. Members
unable to attend will receive it in the mail.
GARDEN CHAT ARTICLES: Be sure to read the interesting article by
member Carol Barbien on Photographing your Iris; it's at the end of this
newsletter and on our website. This is the first of our series of
articles to be written by members and posted in the newsletter and on
our website. Following is the list of the volunteers who will write
articles for the newsletter. We still need volunteers to write articles
for October, November and December.
April: Carol Barbian
May: Ed Verplancke
June: Jim Sadler
July: Donna Dowell
Thanks to Pete Addeo, Missoula Iris
Society now has a very nice Facebook page. Drop in to Facebook and add
your comments and friend the Society.
It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy birthday to
Jim Sadler – April 2; Alverta Symes – April 3; Delane Langton - April 8;
Ron Dunn – April 23, and Caorl Barbian - April 28. Have a happy birthday
The March newsletter reported balance was $11,750.87. I have transferred
$500.00 to the checking account to pay bills which results in a balance
of $11,250.67 as of March 27, 2012.
The March newsletter reported balance was $248.67. I have received and
deposited 3 memberships from Pat and Nancy Ryan plus Lynn Weger. I have
paid Alverta Symes $127.98 for the new sale card laminator and 50
laminate pouches; Donna Dowell $56.95 for a beautiful pictorial history
book of 2011 MIS activities; and $50.00 to the Eagle's Lodge for the
meeting room rental for April's meeting. Adding in the transfer of $500
from saving and 3 memberships totaling $530.00 and subtracting $234.93
in expenses results in a balance of $543.74 as of March 27, 2012.
Swede Gustafson, Treasurer
MINUTES OF THE March 3 MEETING:
Meeting called to order at 7: 08
P.M.. by Ed Verplancke at the Eagles community room. Ed asked if all
read the minutes, Ed moved that the minutes be approved as printed in
the news letter.
Swede read the treasurer report. Swede transferred $500.00 from Savings
into the checking account, savings balance is now $11,250.87, Checking
Balance is $748.67. Paid Alverta's Symes $127.98 for laminator and
pouches. Current Checking Balance is $620.69. Received dues from the
Ryan's. Swede also bought 4 Tables to be used for the show, fort etc.,
they are stored at the fort. Haven't heard from Elizabeth, Betty Ann
sent a card to Lynn as a reminder. She will sent a card to Elizabeth.
Jim asked about the 990 form, Swede stated that it will be sent by the
AIS National Treasurer. Bob moved that the treasurer’s report be
approved as presented Ron seconded it.
New Business: Betty Ann discussed show it is scheduled for
Saturday, June 9, 2012. She passed out copies of the design categories.
The Name of the Show is Jewels of the Garden. Designs are listed on the
Missoula Iris web sight. Judy asked about a median show, Gary stated
that the median show is every other year, so one will not be held this
year but in 2013. Show schedule has been approved by the AIS with one
change, which was made changing the historical date to 1983. Pete will
get with Betty Ann to print the show schedule.
Alverta has bought the laminator, Ed has prints ready for laminating. In
future months we will be scheduling card parties. Display Banner - need
a committee for planning the logo on the banners., Bob, Alverta, Gary
and Pete have agreed to do this. Gale, from the Dahlia society will go
with the group to get the banners, discussion followed, the committee
will get together soon to decide the logo. Pete suggested putting web
site info on the banners.
Discussion followed about making our web site more informative. Such as
doing a column about gardening. Maybe a message from the President, many
clubs are doing face book pages. Maybe we can look into doing this.
Create and then friend us, so we know what's going on, many mixed
feeling on doing it. Pete can had pictures on the site, create a
gardening corner, further discussion followed. Betty Ann sent around a
paper with months for members to sign up to write a column for the site.
Old Business: Alverta has been working with Great Falls, they
will let her know where they will be meeting on April 25, 2012 to talk
about the AIS, judging, etc. This would be a day trip, a small group
will be car pooling up , so far Alverta, Bob, Gary, Ron, Donna, Swede,
Betty Ann and possibly Jim Sadler, if he gets permission from Linda will
Ron joined the Eagles, so now the use of their meeting room is free. The
yearly membership was $30.00. Club offered to reimburse him, he
Need a meeting place for April, Carol will check to see if the Eagle's
is available. Will let us know.
Linda Sadler won the March Rhizome
Bob moved to adjourned the meeting , Judy seconded.
Submitted by Cindy Davis, Secretary
TIPS ON HOW TO
PHOTOGRAPH YOUR IRIS by
When we were still using film cameras with a limited number of
exposures, the temptation was to get everything in each exposure so that
we could record EVERYTHING with each roll of film used. Thank goodness
for digital. Now we can take as many photos as the memory card will
hold-often more than 500-immediately see what we've captured and delete
those deemed less than desirable.
This article will focus on a few tips for photographing your iris. I am
by no means an expert, but I was fortunate enough to win the first
annual iris photography contest and I am interested in producing a
calendar for our Society, so perhaps what artistic knowledge I possess I
can pass on.
Iris are beautiful flowers with a distinctive shape. The French fleur de
lis is based on the iris shape. Showing that shape to best advantage may
be your first challenge. Get eye level with the iris to capture its
profile. Let one perfect blossom fill the whole frame, but leave a small
space around the flower to show its form.
Viewpoint is a special consideration. If you stand above the flower and
look down at it, you will not capture the shape to best advantage, but
you may end up with a semi-abstract close-up of the throat or beard or
stripes like a Georgia O'Keefe painting, capturing two or three in
various stages of opening would be interesting.
Backgrounds may detract from your perfect photo. Learn to see everything
in the frame. If your camera can blur the background while sharply
focusing on the flower, that would minimize detractions. A plain
gravelly background will showcase your bloom. Having a few leaves in the
picture puts it into context. Donna Dowell had a lovely photo taken at a
show of an iris in an arrangement with the plain fabric background.
Contrast will greatly aid the readability of your photo. Light colored
iris will look best against a dark background. This may not happen in a
natural setting. A piece of poster-board behind your bloom may bring out
the best of the flower. Having an assistant to hold the poster-board
works better than trying to juggle camera, shutter, background, point of
view, etc. with only two hands. Of course, some of you may use a tripod
which holds your camera absolutely still.
Exposure and focus may be automatic with your camera as mine is. If you
can manipulate these on your camera, you know more than I do. I believe
that sharp focus produces much better photos than fuzzy or soft focus.
If you are photographing outside and there is a slight breeze that
causes the petals or stalk to sway, your focus will not be sharp. You
also cannot control outdoor lighting. Cloudy overcast will result in No
shadows and softer prints than strong sunny midday times. The best
lighting occurs in early morning (may be stiller) or late afternoon when
the sun is oblique not overhead (which washes out color). You may want
shadows on your flower. You may want some backlighting (which can result
in a more unusual photo and therefore more interesting).
If you want more than one iris in your photo, be aware that each bloom
will command attention and the overall effect may be diminished. Odd
numbers are usually more pleasing as is differing sizes. The same kind
spaced out is more interesting than bunched multi-colors. The wide view
of the whole garden will show off abundance but not the beauty of each
iris. There is a place for that kind of photo, however, in the
splendiferous display of rainbow color.
I hope these tips will help you get the very best photos you can of your
iris that our Society can produce a top notch calendar fund raiser and
object of beauty for our own homes as well as provide lots of
competition for the next photo contest.