Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

They’re back, part 2

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The last picture, which featured an ant on an early sunflower plant, Helianthus annuus, may have left you wanting to see the thing that the plant is named for, so here’s a fully open sunflower on the clear morning of April 19.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 3, 2012 at 1:03 PM

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  1. Love Sunflowers!

    cravesadventure

    May 3, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    • Last year sunflowers ended up being the species I showed the greatest number of times in this blog. You and other readers are welcome to put “sunflower” in the “Search on this site:” box in the upper right if you’d like to go back and see the earlier pictures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM

  2. I like these clear, bright colours. Lovely flower and photo!

    bentehaarstad

    May 3, 2012 at 1:24 PM

  3. I don’t feel itchy with this one. Thanks! :)

  4. Sunflowers and blue skies…the two were made for each other!

    dhphotosite

    May 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

  5. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if someone discovered we could harness that sunflower power? That’s a “green energy” I could support with enthusiasm.

    The verse is delightful, too. I laughed at the form – more words on top, few at the bottom, just like a blossom tucked at the top of a stem.

    shoreacres

    May 5, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    • One way we’re already harnessing that sunflower power is through the plant’s seeds and the oil in them. I wonder if anyone has figured out a way to get energy from the plant’s resin.

      As for the verse, maybe I was subconsciously inspired by a poem by Victor Hugo that I read in a college poetry class. Titled Les Djinns, its lines start out at two syllables, gradually increase in length to ten syllables, and then shorten back down to two.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM


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