Lily in Red

Christina Pilon’s winning photo showcases a bit of Eden Prairie’s floral paradise.

One of the most glorious things about summers in the southwest metro is the vibrant verdure and fragrant flora, fully in bloom and providing proof that Minnesota is more than just desolate winters.

Last summer, Christina Pilon captured a bit of this evidence at her home in Eden Prairie. Though not a professional photographer, she used her Canon SX30IS to keep a bit of the rich red flower alive, showcasing the intensity of its color and varying textures, “from the smoothness of the lily petals in the foreground, to the jagged edges of the liatris in the background,” she says.

Pilon chose to submit it not just for its beauty, but because she thought it to be “a great representation of the beauty right here in Eden Prairie.” Our judges certainly agreed—the photo took home second place in the nature category of our photo contest.

Aside from loving the contrast of the reds and yellows with the subtler flowers in the background, Pilon adds that her decision to snap some photos of her flowers was out of a desire to share the “amazing” things she sees in nature every day. “We live on the bluffs, overlooking the river valley, and are really blessed to have tons of beautiful flowers all over our yard.”

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