Weekly phoneography challenge: My neighborhood

We’re taking a rather broad view of “neighborhood”  for this week’s challenge –using the panorama function on the iPhone camera. Love the distortion the panorama provides, especially of the car rounding the corner at the same time the phone was scanning the scenery:

DOWNTOWN -- Traffic in downtown Ferndale, taken between sign posts.
DOWNTOWN — Traffic in downtown Ferndale, taken between sign posts. [Next time, I’ll try standing closer to the center of the intersection.] Main landmarks are Col. Mustard’s, a gas station/grocery and the Cutoff Corner Cafe and Dairy Bar. Behind the phoneographer is the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
DAFFODIL FESTIVAL -- The annual Wye Mountain daffodil festival draws thousands of visitors and an equal number of cameras.
DAFFODIL FESTIVAL — The annual Wye Mountain daffodil festival draws thousands of visitors and an equal number of cameras as doting parents and grandparents pose and photograph children and grandchildren in their Sunday best and cutest smiles. Wye Mountain is about 20 miles west of Ferndale.

Not taken with a phone, but just as a humorous coda for the photo above:

NEED TO KNOW -- Important instruction to heed when at a flower festival!
NEED TO KNOW — Important instruction to heed when at a flower festival!

Take a minute to visit a few other neighborhoods:

It’s iris time!

Spring weather has come early to Arkansas this year, bringing everything along with it, including the annual crested iris outburst. In 2010 and 2011, these beauties came along around the second week of April. This year, their ethereal lavender-blue standards and falls graced our woods before the end of March.

In years past, the irises seemed to prefer to be alone or in pairs. This year, there are crowds in the leaf litter. Some are live on the sheer edge of the road cut, while others seem to cling to the crumbling  shale by their fingerling rhizomes.

FOURTEEN'S A CROWD -- A group of crested iris, native to the Ouachitas, lights up the roadside.
SOLITARY -- A single iris framed by vines on the Ouachita forest floor around the 600-foot mark on the mountain.
IN LINE -- A line of irises in the leaf litter.