Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

25 years, 25 pictures

with 81 comments

Today being Eve’s and my 25th wedding anniversary, I thought I’d regale you, visually, with a look back at 25 pictures from the 14 months (a simultaneous “monthiversary”) of this nature photography blog. Only a very few of you have seen all these images, so there’ll be something new for almost everyone.

Usually I arrange things so that clicking on a picture brings up a larger and clearer view, but if you click on one of the thumbnails below you’ll be taken back to the original post so you can read about what you’re seeing if you choose to do so; once there, you can still click for a sharper and usually larger image.

Happy viewing. New pictures will resume tomorrow.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 4, 2012 at 6:11 AM

81 Responses

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  1. Happy anniversary!

    Sarah

    August 4, 2012 at 6:31 AM

  2. Happy anniversary! And what a wonderful selection to celebrate the occasion. It tickled me to see so many of my own favorites again, including that cute little glob of greedy green at the end. Nice of you to provide links to the original posts. I’m off to read about the ones I’ve not seen before.

    shoreacres

    August 4, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    • Thanks, Linda. In choosing the pictures, I was reminded of your reaction to some of them. I like your phrasing in “that cute little glob of greedy green.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2012 at 7:25 AM

      • Not only were there wonderful new images to enjoy, I found something new (to me) in your comments – your mention that you often think of your photography as portraiture. As soon as I read that, it seemed quite obvious. My goodness – you even tell us that in the title of your blog, and I’ve glanced over that for months without giving it a thought. Silly me!

        shoreacres

        August 4, 2012 at 7:54 AM

      • I often say “Silly me!” to myself as well. Half an hour ago I was looking at a French blog that talked about and showed a photograph of Montaigu, which translates into English as ‘sharp mountain.’ Suddenly it dawned on me that that must be the origin of the name Montague, as in the family that Romeo belonged to and Juliet didn’t. Why had I never realized that before?

        In any case, yes, I do often think of my photographs of plants as portraits. I’m pleased that you enjoyed some of the ones you hadn’t seen till now.

        Steve Schwartzman

        August 4, 2012 at 8:05 AM

  3. Congratulations, Steve- and great photos as usual!

    Watching Seasons

    August 4, 2012 at 7:26 AM

  4. Happy Anniversary!!!

    oneowner

    August 4, 2012 at 7:55 AM

  5. Happy Anniversary Steve! Thank you for sharing your pictures! :)

    avian101

    August 4, 2012 at 8:07 AM

  6. Happy Anniversary and thankyou for sharing these beautiful images with us today.
    Hope your next 25 years will be as happy as the first 25 together.

    Victoria

    August 4, 2012 at 8:08 AM

  7. Steve……..enjoy the silver day. 25 is a fun number and an admirable collection of images…….shalom en theos……jim

    Developing A New Image

    August 4, 2012 at 8:33 AM

  8. Wow, 25 years!! That is very impressive nowadays and you should be very proud of yourselves :). Hope your anniversary is fantastic! Are you taking your wife out to celebrate? Now regarding the photos, they are absolutely spectacular and I think you should get them printed up as a photobook. It would be amazing and a wonderful memory from your 25th anniversary!!

    photosfromtheloonybin

    August 4, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    • Thanks, Cindy. We haven’t decided on the venue for celebration yet. As for the pictures, I’ve approached likely publishers about a book but haven’t had any success. I’m likely to go the route of electronic books, which circumvent the problem of expensive color reproduction.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2012 at 9:02 AM

  9. Happy Anniversary – may many more years await.

    Lovely to see many old friends again – thanks for all those months of beauty.

    Dawn

    August 4, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    • Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed seeing some of your old friends again. You’d seen more of them than most people.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2012 at 9:04 AM

  10. Steve, Happy 25th to you and Eve! Cheers to many more happy, healthy years together and continuing to shower us with you beautiful pictures each day! Renee : )

    Renee Voss

    August 4, 2012 at 8:48 AM

  11. Happy 25th–here’s to more beautiful years and more beautiful photos!

    animalartist

    August 4, 2012 at 9:10 AM

  12. Best wishes to you and your wife on your 25th. Certainly a milestone to celebrate. We are celebrating our 31st on Wed! Thank you for sharing your beautiful wildflowers – they are always breathtaking. Cheers! K

  13. Congratulations to you and your wife! And what a lovely selection of photos to peruse today! :D

    Cathy

    August 4, 2012 at 9:27 AM

  14. Happy Anniversary to you and yours Steve. May you have many more happy years together. This is a wonderful grouping of photos to celebrate the occasion. Have a great time!!!

    dhphotosite

    August 4, 2012 at 10:10 AM

  15. Nice to see your photographs in a linear gallery. Congratulations.

    lensandpensbysally

    August 4, 2012 at 10:18 AM

    • I like the linear look, too. I’ve toyed with the idea of changing to a WordPress theme that has a gallery view built in, but I don’t know what unexpected problems that might trigger, so I’ve left well enough alone. Thanks for your good wishes, Sally.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2012 at 10:25 AM

  16. Thrilling! Thanks for sharing your gift with us. Margie Roe

    Margie Roe

    August 4, 2012 at 10:46 AM

  17. Lovely photos!
    Happy Anniversary to you both.

    sandy

    August 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM

  18. Great series! Congratulations!

    Cathy G

    August 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

  19. Congratulations, Steve and Eve!!! 25 years! Wow!!! and many more…

    Agnes Plutino

    August 4, 2012 at 1:22 PM

  20. Happy silver! Here’s to gold.

    Marcia levy

    August 4, 2012 at 1:43 PM

  21. Happy anniversary Mr. Steven!

    Cornel Apostol

    August 4, 2012 at 2:42 PM

  22. Congrats – loving your photos – Celebrate Your Day:)

    cravesadventure

    August 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM

  23. Congratulations Steve & Eve ! here’s wishing this wonderful journey keeps going for u guys !

    abu zar

    August 4, 2012 at 3:02 PM

  24. Happy anniversary, Steve (& Eve)! And a gorgeous collection of photographs, too :-)

    Mufidah Kassalias

    August 4, 2012 at 3:07 PM

  25. Congratulations! What a lovely tribute to a long lasting love affair!

    Bonnie Michelle

    August 4, 2012 at 3:24 PM

  26. Every single one of those is stunning! Happy Anniversary to you and Eve. I’m going to go check out a few of these.

    Candace

    August 4, 2012 at 5:32 PM

  27. Beautiful! I love waiting to see what you put up every day! I stopped in to ask if you’d mind taking a look at a post, the person that I know, is asking for a plant identification, seeing as that the marker on the plant, states care that kills it. I bet I’m going to feel like a goofball once I know what it is myself! Here is the link:
    Name That Plant, please anyone… I thought that with the numbers of plants you photograph and speak about that you might have the correct response! :)

    Elisa's Spot

    August 4, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    • Hi, Elisa. There are a lot of native species in central Texas, as you note seeing in this blog’s daily stream of pictures. Although I’d like to help identify your friend’s mystery plant, I’m afraid my knowledge is limited to what grows natively here. Sorry.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      • oh, thanks! I thought of you because he too, lives in Texas and got the plant at a Home Depot type place.

        Elisa's Spot

        August 5, 2012 at 7:38 AM

      • I wish the chain nurseries (and even the local ones) carried more species native to the region they’re in.

        Steve Schwartzman

        August 5, 2012 at 8:34 AM

  28. Happy anniversary! Very nice selection of photos!

    montucky

    August 4, 2012 at 10:01 PM

  29. Happy 25th!
    Thank you for a treat every day.
    Your work is so good. Lovely, interesting, educational.

    Lynn Mann

    August 5, 2012 at 4:36 AM

  30. Happy Anniversary and beautiful selection of images.

    edithlevyphotography

    August 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM

  31. Happy anniversary! The images are so beautiful, it’s hard to pick a favorite. I find the third one the best, the textures are so soft, and the wings of the insect are so well defined. Amazing shot!

    weaselwiththecam

    August 5, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    • I give you leave to love them all, but I can understand the attraction of that third picture, which because of Freshly Pressed has been by far the most widely viewed picture of all.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM

  32. A belated happy anniversary! Of course, I leapt on the photo of the heron, among other things. Your clematis photograph is also splendid (but then, I hardly expect any less from you)!

    Susan Scheid

    August 5, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    • Thanks for your anniversary wishes, Susan, and the laudatory comments on the pictures. There’s so much to see and photograph out there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM

  33. Joyeux anniversaire! Le monde à l’envers, c’est nous qui devrions te faire un cadeau alors que là, c’est toi qui nous offres une série belle à couper le souffle. Je suis touchée par la beauté et la force de certaines de tes photos. Merci.
    Val

    lancoliebleue

    August 6, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    • Merci, Val, tu es très gentille. Mon cadeau, c’est de savoir qu’il y a des gens qui aiment ce que je fais ici.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 6, 2012 at 7:03 AM

  34. A belated congratulations of your anniversary and on 14 months of truly incredible images.

    Cindy Kilpatrick

    August 7, 2012 at 9:16 PM

  35. What a feast for the eyes, Steve! As always, I am entranced by your use of focus and depth of field to create such compelling images.

    composerinthegarden

    August 8, 2012 at 7:37 AM

  36. Thanks for putting them all together like that – certainly more impressive. Nicely done on the photos and marriage. I’ll bet they have some things in common.

    lylekrahn

    August 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM

  37. [...] of Wildflowers – a lovely post 25 years, 25 pictures rounds up some of the best Leaf and twig – with bees at Harvest A French Garden – studies a Bee [...]

  38. Happy anniversary, and I have to say this is a terrific, and wholly unique, way to celebrate!

    Susan Scheid

    November 2, 2012 at 8:37 PM


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