Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

About Me

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I grew up on Long Island and went to college at Columbia University, where I majored in French. Upon graduation I spent 1968 and 1969 as a Peace Corps math teacher in Honduras; I learned that I was good not only at math (which I knew) but also at teaching it (which I’d had no reason to suspect). It was also in Honduras that I learned the rudiments of photography and got my first “real” camera, a Pentax Spotmatic. In the late 1970s and early 1980s I did a fair amount of art photography and eventually published three books of 3-D infrared photographs. The combination of 3-D and black-and-white infrared was an unusual one but I was fond of it, at least in part because it was unique. My book Bodies of Light won an award from the Printing Industries of America in 1981.

I moved to Austin on July 6, 1976, two days after my birthday and the 200th anniversary of American independence. In my early years in Texas I did some landscape photography, still primarily in black-and-white infrared. Later I became an early adopter of digital photography: in 1999 I launched into a project to produce a photographic CD documenting the Austin area. In the process, I grew increasingly aware of and captivated by the many species of native plants that grow here; they became and remain my primary photographic subject.

In the years since then I’ve had the following articles and photographs published:

Texas Highways, April 2002: “Speaking of Lesser-Known Texas Wildflowers”
Texas Highways, October 2003: “Second-Season Splendor”
Texas Highways, October 2007: “The Third Act”
Texas Prairie Journal, Spring 2008: “Dodder” (The cover picture is mine, even though it doesn’t match the text of my article.)
Texas Highways, April 2010: “Trips to Bountiful” (three photographs in this group article)
Texas Highways, July 2010: “Some Like It Hot”
Wildflower (the magazine of The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center), Summer 2011: “Get Low and Behold
Wildflower, Fall 2011: “Color My World
Texas Highways, October 2011: “The Unexpected Season”
Wildflower, Winter 2011: four photographs, notably one of a cedar waxwing swallowing a possumhaw fruit
NPSOT (Native Plant Society of Texas) News, Winter 2012: front cover
Wildflower, Spring 2012: front and back cover, 10 photographs inside
NPSOT News, Spring 2012: back cover
Texas Highways, April 2012: two photographs
Wildflower, Summer 2012: five full-page photographs, one other
Texas Highways, June 2012: “Window on Texas“; a photograph of a white prickly poppy standing in contrast to the pines destroyed in Bastrop State Park by the Labor Day fire of 2011.
NPSOT News, Summer 2012: front and back cover
NPSOT News, Fall 2012: front cover
NPSOT News, Spring 2013: back cover
Wildflower, Spring 2013: front cover; article “Shine Like a Bulb”; article “Picture Perfect”
Texas Highways, April 2013: two-page panoramic spread of a prairie verbena colony
NPSOT News, Summer 2013: front and back cover
Wildflower, Fall 2013: article “Gold Coast”
NPSOT News, Fall 2013: front and back covers; 2 photographs inside
Wildflower, Winter 2013: article “Look, Up in the Skyline”
Texas Highways 2014 calendar: the December photograph, which shows a cedar waxwing in the act of swallowing a possumhaw fruit
Wildflower, Spring 2014: cover photograph and various others in two articles
Texas Wildlife, April 2014: three photographs
Texas Highways, September 2014: article “An Aqueous Asylum: the Fort Worth Water Gardens”

In 2007, Parade (the magazine that’s included in many Sunday newspapers) ran a photo contest on the theme “Celebrate America’s Beauty.” There were more than 60,000 entries, and my photograph of a basket-flower ended up being one of a hundred finalists.

In 2008 Popular Photography‘s blog featured three of my photographs and commentaries on them. In 2009 and 2010 Quick Reference Publishing commissioned me to provide all the photographs and text for three laminated wildflower guides: North Texas, Central Texas, and Southeast Texas.

I’ve contributed over 200 photographs to the native plant database of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. In 2010 I won second place in the professional category of that institution’s first-ever Wildflower Photo Contest. In the 2013 contest I won 1st place in the new category “Native Landscape at the Wildflower Center.”

My other interests include natural foods and the already-mentioned mathematics and language; with regard to that last subject I write a blog called Spanish-English Word Connections, where I managed to sneak in one of my nature photographs from time to time before I had this regular outlet.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 5, 2011 at 3:21 PM

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  1. Your images are a feast. I’m especially delighted that you focus on natives. I live in Delaware where I volunteer as a backyard steward for our local nature society. I help homeowners reassess their garden design and plantings, always stressing use of native plants. Also, I work with schools to create gardens (vegetable, wildflower, butterfly, etc.) as a beautification project, but, more importantly, they serve as an educational tool.

    lensandpensbysally

    June 24, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    • Welcome to the feast, Sally, and bon appétit. Thanks for all your work in promoting native plants, which are the only type I depict here (and which at 7:25 in the morning I’m off to photograph again).

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 25, 2011 at 7:24 AM

  2. Merci de partager votre talent avec le monde. Il est agréable de se souvenir de la beauté et la paix que la nature fournit.

    muse217

    June 26, 2011 at 2:18 PM

  3. Your photos are simply amazing. I bought a camera this year and am documenting some of my finds on my walks. I hope to develop a tenth of your eye and at least half of your passion. If so, I’d be more than content. Documenting natives is close to my heart. I look forward to seeing more.

    adsadler

    July 2, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    • Thank you. This former math teacher is happy to see your reference to a tenth and to a half. Arithmetic aside, your blog show that you already have quite a passion for nature, and in that respect we’re kindred spirits. I find my “wilderness wherever” I can, even if that means a temporarily undeveloped piece of land that’s next to stores but where wildflowers have nevertheless sprung up. Let’s hear it for natives!

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 2, 2011 at 11:53 PM

  4. Your photos are beautiful, I’m so glad that you found me so I could find you.

    lynnwiles

    July 5, 2011 at 9:39 AM

  5. Steve, your wildflower photographs are gorgeous. Good to hear you’re promoting natives in the Austin area. I lived there when I was in graduate school, loved to ride out into the hill country when the wildflowers were blooming. The wildflowers I planted in the garden are all natives, a luscious array of colors as they all begin their bloom. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Here’s to wildflowers!

    suitablefish

    July 5, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    • I’m glad you’re enjoying the pictures. I’m enjoying the coincidence that your last name is Austin and you used to live in Austin, and that we can both say a hearty “Here’s to wildflowers!” And here’s another coincidence: your July 3 blog entry was entitled “Prairie Smoke,” and just this afternoon another blogger explained to me that her avatar photograph shows that wildflower, Geum triflorum, which I wasn’t familiar with and had taken to be some sort of Clematis, based on its appearance.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 5, 2011 at 8:20 PM

  6. All I can say is, “Wow.” And, “Thank you.” My parents moved to Austin from Michigan in 1980, and I was born in September of that year. I grew up in Austin, I attended U.T. because I couldn’t bear leaving the city, and then, about six years ago, I left for jobs elsewhere in Texas. I’ve returned as often as can, and I would love nothing more than to return for good. Austin’s explosive growth doesn’t bother me at all because every time I visit I find the same city with the same soul. New skyscrapers, pristine events centers (I’m thinking Palmer), and a relatively shrinking capitol building haven’t changed anything for me. Some changes startle me, but no matter what, I always feel like I’m returning home and that home remembers me.

    I’ll frequent your site. I feel like it was custom-made for me, though I realize I’m not that special!

    Thank you for stopping by!

    Nick

    atomsofthought

    July 13, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    • This site welcomes you to your home away from home until the time when Austin is your home again. I didn’t grow up here, but have now lived in Austin much longer than the place where I did grow up, which still remains special. And your take on things is special too, so you’re entitled to consider this site custom-made for you.

      One downside that Austin’s continuing growth presents to native plant lovers and photographers is that the natural habitat here keeps shrinking. Place after place where I’ve photographed over the past decade has been “shot out from under me” by development. I’ve toyed with the idea of posting occasional before/after pairs of pictures in this column to show readers some of what has been lost.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 13, 2011 at 7:06 PM

  7. Yes, that’s a good point. Habitat destruction is always sad. It saddens me too. I think I grew used to it since it happened all around me. I grew up in South Austin (within miles of the Lady Bird Wildflower Center), and the fields of flowers I used to run through with my sister disappeared while we were still kids. So I guess the destruction is a continuation of what I always knew, even though it is sad. I am happy to see that Austin is growing (or appears to be growing) more densely than it was during most of my childhood. On the other hand, it’s growing SO fast that maybe it doesn’t matter. The sprawl continues apace. My parents did their part to add to it when they moved there. I’m glad the city embraces an ethos of conservation.

    Do you have any pictures available online from your 1999 project in which you documented Austin? That would have been the year I graduated high school and started at U.T.

    atomsofthought

    July 13, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    • I can certainly relate to your comment that “the fields of flowers I used to run through with my sister disappeared while we were still kids.” I’m just a bigger and older kid. And as I’ve complained several times in this column already, the mowers won’t leave some of what’s left alone.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 13, 2011 at 8:40 PM

  8. Oh thank you for the wonderful shots of flowers. I have loved wildflowers since I was small and growing up in California. My first book I ever bought for myself was a book on California Wildflowers and the love has remained strong and true. Texas wildflowers are so magical and diverse and your shots show the dignity and outstanding beauty of them. Thank you so much for sharing your love of them.

    Nancy Wederstrandt

    July 22, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    • And thanks so much for your complimentary comments. I’m glad you find Texas wildflowers as magical as I do. California is no slouch when it comes to wildflowers, either; I hope you get to go back and visit from time to time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 22, 2011 at 9:53 AM

  9. Steve,
    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog! It’s a pleasure to wander through your images as you have a great eye for taking native plants that are routinely overlooked in our landscape and making them subjects of great composition! I especially like how you can work a species from multiple angles to being out so much of its “character”. It’s my honor to “meet” you here in the blogosphere! Cheers from DFW.

    John S. Mead

    July 26, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    • Thank you, John. Your comments are especially gratifying because you “get” the things I’ve set out to do: promote overlooked plants; show plants from different angles and in different stages; make everything into a pleasing composition. By the way, the majority of plants in DFW are the same as the ones here, so you should be able to see in person most of the species I show here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 26, 2011 at 12:08 PM

  10. Lovely website! I look forward to revisiting often! Bless

  11. Hi Steve, thanks for visiting our blog! your photographs are absolutely stunning, and I appreciate the tips you give on your “my techniques” page…
    looking forward to your upcoming posts!

    berlinplants

    September 17, 2011 at 4:55 AM

    • Danke schön. I’m pleased that you found those tips useful, and I hope you’ll enjoy the pictures yet to appear (as I look forward to those yet to be taken).

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 17, 2011 at 5:13 AM

  12. September 29th is the one year anniversary of my blog. To celebrate I would like to honor the folks I look to, for inspiration and guidance; with a series featuring guest authors. Please consider writing a guest post. Your words, your way, would be best, although I did considering asking for interviews, I’m not that good a journalist! Certainly photos are, also, welcome. I ask only that the subject matter be related to foraging or nature; in some way.
    Hope to see you here, soon!
    Many Blessings,
    Linda “Inky” Redbird

    forageporage

    September 23, 2011 at 1:18 PM

  13. Hi Steve, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award!!

    JuanitasPhotoBox

    October 3, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    • Why, thank you. I hadn’t heard of that award, but I’m glad to put my versatility on the line, i.e. on line.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 3, 2011 at 1:27 PM

  14. While the landscape is my photographic muse, I occasionally dabble in macro photography–mostly flowers and flowering plants. You’ve got some very nice images on your blog (I was particularly struck by the Mexican Hat and heath aster shots among the recent entries. I very much look forward to seeing more.

    (Thanks for visiting my blog earlier today, BTW.)

    kerryl29

    November 22, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    • Thanks you, and you’re welcome. I’ll encourage readers who see this comment to take a look at the lovely landscapes on Kerry’s site.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 23, 2011 at 5:37 AM

  15. Steve, thanks for sharing such beautiful wildflower portraits. And what an interesting background you have! I’ve developed a deep interest in the Fibonacci number sequence since I’ve been gardening, can’t miss the ever present spirals in plants every time I’m in the garden.

    composerinthegarden

    November 23, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    • I’m pleased that you’ve enjoyed these wildflower portraits. I’m also glad also that your gardening has led you to an appreciation of the Fibonacci numbers. When I taught math, I presented the Fibonacci numbers whenever I could.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 23, 2011 at 1:58 PM

  16. It has been a great pleasure finding your blog, and enjoying your beautiful photography of the wonders of nature. Thank you for sharing. I live at the other end of the world, but have visited Texas many years ago, and found it very beautiful.

    ShimonZ

    December 6, 2011 at 12:21 AM

  17. Your photographs are amazing! Very happy that I found your site.

    Anne Camille

    December 16, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    • Thanks for your kind words, Anne Camille. I’m pleased to see you promoting Thoreau, whom I first read in high school. Now, decades later, I’ve come to appreciate his communing with nature, something that didn’t resonate with me back then.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 16, 2011 at 9:44 AM

  18. What a beautiful, peaceful site. And what a great gift for you to share your gorgeous images and advanced technical proficiency with us. This makes me so happy: I’m glad you’re here and that I can follow this site!

    Catherine O'Meara

    December 24, 2011 at 7:39 AM

    • I appreciate your comments, Catherine, and I’m especially pleased that you find these pages beautiful and peaceful. I’ll do my best to keep them that way, although a few pictures have shown (and others likely will again) the struggle for existence that goes on out there all the time in nature, and that I and my camera are sometimes witness to.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 24, 2011 at 8:37 AM

  19. You commented on my own blog and I followed you back. I’m glad I did. I enjoyed the artistic composition of your images as well as your obvious skill with a lens. Actually, my six year old son nestled on the arm of my chair as I scrolled through and was saying “wow” at pretty much every image. I liked your literary references too. Congratulations. As an artist, I can learn a lot from your compositions and colours.

    kestrelart

    December 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    • Thank you. And I enjoyed looking at your art, too.

      Do you think child labor laws would prevent me from hiring your son as my public relations director?

      As for literary references, I delved into words and literature long before I ever did into pictures, so it’s not unusual for literary lines to pop into my head in relation to a photograph.

      Again, thanks so much for strolling through this gallery.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 24, 2011 at 11:26 AM

      • Cheers
        I’ve just posted a painting of lapwings in flight in response to your comments on the flock of grackles (which are I now realise completely unrelated to our blackbird in the UK but are apparently of a New World family called icterids). I hope you don’t mind but I pasted the link to your blog there. Its on http://kestrelart.wordpress.com/2011/12/24/lapwings-in-flight/. I’ll continue to follow your pictures as they come through. Best wishes.
        Neil

        kestrelart

        December 24, 2011 at 2:46 PM

      • I checked out your latest entry and commented on your pretty watercolor there. Thanks for posting it.

        I’m glad you found out more information about the group that grackles belong to. Thanks, too, for posting the link to my photograph of grackles. Isn’t it great how the Internet brings people of similar interests together across great distances?

        Steve Schwartzman

        December 24, 2011 at 9:02 PM

  20. Thank you for introducing me to your blog by visiting mine. What a great eye you have; that along with your technique have created some gorgeous images. I will definitely return.

    yearstricken

    December 29, 2011 at 4:40 PM

  21. Your flower and nature photography has great originality and charisma, very enjoyable. Started with a Spotmatic eh., what do you use now? Nice to meet you.

    Lesley

    January 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    • Thank you, Lesley: charisma is a new one for the comments on this blog. Nice to meet you too.

      Since the fall of 2009 I’ve been using a Canon EOS 7D, which was new at the time and was the successor to various other Canon EOS models I had before that. The fact that that model has been out for more than two years makes me wonder what successor Canon has planned for it, and when.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM

  22. Hi Steve,
    Your photography on wild flowers is really beautiful. Your recent blogs like ‘The winter without a winter’, ‘… and blue’, ‘Bright red fruits attract more than photographers’, ‘Like a fist’ etc are really beautiful. Looking forward to check your photography, I subscribed you. Glad to meet you!

    Cheers
    Rajkishore

    Rajkishore

    January 30, 2012 at 5:11 AM

    • Glad to meet you too, Rajkishore. For a long time I’ve wanted to visit your part of the globe, and I hope someday I will. You have a whole different world of intriguing flora and fauna to play with there, but I’m glad that these pictures of nature in central Texas still appeal to you. Welcome.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 30, 2012 at 7:59 AM

  23. Wow! Your photos are absolutely stunning – great blog!! And thanks for visiting mine. I appreciate it. :)

    photosfromtheloonybin

    February 7, 2012 at 11:31 AM

  24. +1 Versatile Blogger Award (in case you weren’t sick and tired of it already)

    http://zarabu.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/a-note-of-gratitude-and-thank-you-i/

    has more details including the list of nominations.

    -abu

    abu zar

    February 22, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    • Thank you, Abu. I’m happy for you to have been chosen. As for me, for various reasons, I decided to decline all named awards and to let my posts be their own reward. Thank you again.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 22, 2012 at 9:49 PM

  25. Congrats!! You have been nominated for the Genuine Blogger Award you can find details here: http://n0ts0creative.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/genuine-blogger-award/

    n0ts0creative

    March 24, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    • Congratulations on being chosen for the Genuine Blogger Award, which means that people appreciate what you’re doing. And I appreciate your thinking of me, but after this first came up half a year ago, I decided that my posts and people’s comments about them would be reward enough for me. Thanks again for your kind thoughts.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 24, 2012 at 6:36 AM

  26. Dear Steve, stunning is an inadequate word to describe how I feel seeing your photo “The Old Man’s Beard” in the Wildflower Magazine. Yours humbly, Sharon

    aleafinspringtime

    March 29, 2012 at 3:59 AM

  27. great images. I love to photograph flowers!!!! Looking foward to more amazing images and inspiration!

    laviebohemeart

    April 10, 2012 at 10:22 AM

  28. Steve, because I enjoy and admire your blog so much, I have nominated you for the ABC Award.
http://avian101.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/abc-award/ ‎. In order to accept this award, you must comply with the two rules. Then you may place the Award logo on your site. Please do not feel any pressure to accept this award, I understand if you do not wish to participate. But know your site is appreciated, and your blogging is interesting, your photos are beautiful! I enjoy reading your posts! Have a great day! H.J.

    avian101

    April 15, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    • I’m glad that Donna Wadsley appreciated your blog enough to nominate you for the ABC Award, H.J. I also appreciate your thinking of me, but I decided last year that my posts and people’s comments about them would be reward enough. Thanks again for thinking of me and for favoring the world of nature.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 15, 2012 at 7:42 AM

  29. I’ve been following your blog for awhile now, but I just read your “About” for the first time. I guess I was distracted by all the great photos. I was a Peace Corps volunteer also, and my overseas adventure prompted my first ‘real’ camera purchase- the Nikon F2, and a macro lens.

    After my return to the states I moved to Wyoming where I very quickly became enamored of our native plants. I studied them as forage for livestock and big game, but now I am more interested in their potential for landscaping. I’ve recently re-entered the world of amateur photography, and I seriously appreciate the photos on your blog. I finally got a digital SLR (gift from hubby) and now I am planning on a macro lens (my devious plan all along).

    I have nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award. This award helps spread the word about bloggers we appreciate. The basic gist is to post the award on your blog, then pass along your recommendations for six other blogs worth reading.

    You can see my nominations at wyominglife dot wordpress dot com/2012/04/24/ive-been-nominated-for-the-reader-appreciation-award/

    Thanks again!

    wyominglife

    April 24, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    • Congratulations on being nominated for your award, which means that your readers admire what you’ve been doing on your blog. Last year, when I began to receive nominations as well, I made a decision, for several reasons, to let my blog be its own reward and to thank the people for nominating me, but not to accept or enter into the cycle. I thank you for thinking of me, and I hope you’ll understand.

      I certainly second your appreciation of the plants that are native in your area. I spent a few days in Wyoming in the latter 1990s, so I know how pretty the scenery is there. After I returned to Austin from that trip I wrote a feature about Thermopolis for my local newspaper.

      And what a coincidence that we were both in the Peace Corps and both got our first ‘real’ camera as a result of it. Here were are years later taking pictures, though now digitally rather than on film.

      Thanks again.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 24, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      • I completely understand about the awards.

        I was just out yesterday photographing plants and remembering what it was like to have to worry about how much film I was using, and how much money it was costing- before digital.

        I think there is a quality to real film that digital cannot reproduce, but it sure is nice to snap away as much as I want!

        I’ve also been thinking about all those negatives from my Peace Corp experience. It’s time to get them into a digital format before they degrade into nothingness.

        Keep up the good work, this really is one of my favorite photo based blogs.

        wyominglife

        April 27, 2012 at 9:55 AM

  30. Love the Old Man’s Beard photo that won you 2nd place! Beautiful! Love flower photos, have recently taken up as hobby. Can’t wait to look around more on your blog! Thanks for sharing such beauty!

    allthingsboys

    April 28, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    • You’re welcome, and welcome to the world of native plants in central Texas. Please do look around.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 28, 2012 at 10:45 PM

  31. Like it or not, Steve, I think your blog is absolutely lovely. So I’ve added you to my list of Lovely Blog Awards, posted today. Thanks for what you do for the Texas wildflower world — not to mention the occasional spotlights to our varied wildlife and insects! Keep it up. I’ll keep coming back.

    Shannon

    May 27, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    • I’m pleased to see you getting recognition for your blog, Shannon. Thanks so much for thinking of mine. As you know, I’ve decided that my posts and people’s comments on them would be reward enough for me, but I appreciate the thought. Let’s hear it for nature in Texas!

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 27, 2012 at 9:59 PM

  32. Hey Steve, I have awarded you the Awesome Blog Content Award because I think your blog is fantastic. Check it out at http://photosfromtheloonybin.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/i-am-humbled/. Congrats!!

    • Congratulations on being chosen for the ABC Award, which means that people appreciate what you’re doing on your blog. And I appreciate your thinking of Portraits of Wildflowers, but after the matter of awards first came up for me more than half a year ago, I decided that my posts and people’s comments about them would be reward enough. (I’ll add that the inveterate math teacher in me also thought about how quickly duplications would have to begin, something that you alluded to in your post.) So I’ll just say thanks again for your kind thoughts.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 3, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      • No problem Steve, I totally understand. And now I know another reason why I like you – you’re a math teacher!! I was a bit of a math geek during my school years :). Have a great day!

  33. I stumbled upon your site and enjoyed your photography and writings very much. Perhaps you would like to view my blog, Nature as Art and Inspiration, at http://marymageau.wordpress.com

    mary mageau

    October 14, 2012 at 1:35 AM

  34. Thank you for commenting on my post. Your images are very beautiful. I look forward to following your blog.

    artsofmay

    November 2, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    • And thank you. I’m always glad to meet someone who is passionate for conservation, especially of our prairies.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 2, 2012 at 8:13 PM

  35. Absolutely beautiful images and blog!

    Tom Culver

    November 3, 2012 at 10:32 AM

  36. I was wondering how I may get in touch with you. I am interested in using one of your images from the cochineal post in a video I am working on at the Los Angeles County museum of Art on native dyes… What a wonderful blog you have!

    Sofia

    January 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    • I’m pleased that you find my blog compelling.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 10, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      • Thank you for responding to my comment and for hiding my email address. Is there any way I can reach you?

        Sofia

        January 11, 2013 at 6:41 PM

  37. You are a man of many talents. Hablo poquito espanol, y francais tambien. Sorry for the lack of correct symbols. I don’t know how to do that in a response. Your photos are unique and quite beautiful, and you’ve done a lot with it. I need to read more to find out what you taught. :)

    tchistorygal

    January 28, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    • Mostly I was a math teacher, though as a graduate student in Romance linguistics I taught some elementary French. (If you have a Macintosh, I can tell you how to type accents and special characters.)

      I’m glad you find my nature photographs appealing. I try to see things differently from most.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      • I do have a Mac. In spite of taking 4 years of French in high school and 1 in college, I would rate myself as about a 1 out of 5, Spanish I took less, but use more, so that’s maybe a 2 out of 5. I worked for Migrant Education in CA, and taught a bilingual class, so I have had a chance to learn Spanish, but haven’t practiced much in the last 12 years as a history consultant. :) I’d be happy to learn how to use symbols in comment boxes. Thanks :) ML

        tchistorygal

        January 28, 2013 at 10:14 AM

  38. I found you via Pat Bean, and I’m glad I did. Your photography is brilliant, and I’m going to enjoy learning about the plants around me.

    Alex Autin

    January 30, 2013 at 6:39 AM

  39. Your photography is stunning! I have done a bit of marquetry in my past and after viewing your images of wildflowers I would like to make some patterns using some of your photos. Would that be a possibility? I most certainly credit the use of your images in any piece that I would produce.

    George Ward
    San Antonio

    George Ward

    March 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    • Let me go ahead and give preliminary permission to do two. I’d like to see the results, and then we can discuss doing more. Thanks.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      • Thanks, I would definitely like to do one or two of the Mexican hats. I could use colored/dyed veneer but am leaning towards natural veneer with contrasting light/dark values. Will produce a pattern, start bevel cutting and upon completion send you some images of the finished piece/s.

        George Ward

        George Ward

        March 11, 2013 at 5:28 PM

  40. Your photographs are stunning. I also enjoy photographing nature whether it be flowers or animals. I’m a nature lover by heart.

    bobh47955

    March 26, 2013 at 7:25 AM

  41. Lovely photos :)

    ladyofthecakes

    April 5, 2013 at 4:22 AM

  42. From viewing photos on your blog, it is no surprise that you have so many publications. Keep up the great work.

  43. I have a question re: a shrub ID and hope you may know the answer. I’m stumped, as was the blogger who posted about it here: http://www.skybaxheadquarters.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/what-shrub-is-that.html
    Thanks in advance, Steve!

    SmallHouseBigGarden

    July 5, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    • I took a look, but I’m sorry to say that I don’t know either.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 5, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      • Everyone I’ve asked has had the same reply, and I’ve only asked very knowledgeable people! Whatever it is, it sure isn’t well known!

        SmallHouseBigGarden

        July 5, 2013 at 7:59 AM

  44. You have an impressive list of photographic accomplishments. Good for you. I have always enjoyed it, too. I have a long list of 1 award. In 1985, I got 2nd place in the Chicago Tribune contest and won $250. My claim to fame for a little while. :-)

    Jim in IA

    July 29, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    • I like your tongue-in-cheek statement that you “have a long list of 1 award.” Awards aside, I find photography to be its own reward.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

  45. Hi

    I was nominated as the recipient of two nice blogger awards recently. You can go The JAR Blog to read about them. The nomination entitles me to nominate others for the awards. I have chosen you as one of them. Your efforts as a blogger have impressed me. The work and energy you invest are appreciated by many, especially me.

    What you do about the nominations is entirely up to you. You may accept them and pass along the nomination(s) to others by way of the rules posted at my blog. Copy and save the award images to your collection.

    Or, you may decide to not participate and do nothing more. Do whatever you want. I have no expectations. It is entirely up to you.

    Sincerely and thanks for being a good blogger.
    Jim

    Jim in IA

    September 2, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    • Hi, Jim, and thanks. Naturally I’m pleased to see that readers appreciate what you’re doing on your blog, and of course I appreciate your appreciating my pictures of nature in central Texas. When the question of awards first came up for me a couple of years ago, I thought about it and ultimately decided that this blog and people’s comments on it would be reward enough for me without any overt awards. Thanks again for thinking of me, and I know, from the way you closed your comment, that you understand my decision.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 2, 2013 at 9:53 AM

  46. Don’t know if awards are your thing, but thought I’d pass one on — in recognition of how much I enjoy your images. http://wp.me/pKuUa-1kJ

    suburbanferndaleark

    December 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    • I’ll confess that awards aren’t my thing, but I appreciate your thinking of me, and I’m pleased that you keep enjoying the images I put up. Thanks again.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 22, 2013 at 9:32 PM

  47. It’s really an amazing work you’ve been doing. I’ve shared it on facebook. I hope you remember me from Brazil. My best regards to you all in Austin. See you!

    Cleber Reis

    March 4, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    • Hi, Cleber, of course I remember you from your stay in Austin and from the day we spent in San Antonio (where you were excited at the San Antonio Museum of Art when you found some items from Brazil). I was impressed with how well you speak English and the good work you’re doing in passing it along to your fellow Brazilians. We hope you’ll come back for another visit.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 4, 2014 at 6:04 PM

  48. Thanks for your visit to my site so I could find yours. Your photos are great!

    Anarette.com

    April 10, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    • I’m pleased that you enjoy these looks into the native flora of Texas. There’s so much to see in nature here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 10, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      • Very true. I have not come across nature yet which did not provide any beauty, even the desert has its glory.

        Anarette.com

        April 10, 2014 at 11:15 AM

  49. Many compliments to your photos, I appreciated that your favorite subjects are wildflowers, since I believe that there’s so much beauty in nature all around us. I like very much that you write also the names of plants, this is important for knowing better our landscape. I teach botany to students in my country and I go out weekly for finding wildflowers or weeds that will be identified during practical lessons. So, I appreciate in your photography both the details of the flower but also the beauty of blooming prairies.
    Great!

    elisa

    April 16, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    • Thanks so much, Elisa. Having been a teacher myself, I feel it’s important to provide identifying information about the subjects of my photographs, at least insofar as I’m able to.

      Please come and browse these pages as often as you’d like.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 16, 2014 at 11:36 PM

  50. Taking the time after graduation to head off to an unknown place is such a great start on a young life…new worlds and ideas open up. Great story and great photos.

    Dalo 2013

    June 20, 2014 at 7:44 PM

    • A year and a half before going to Honduras I’d spent the summer in Lisbon (with a brief jaunt to the south of France), my first real foreign adventure. Judging from your recent posts, you’ve had your quota of new worlds and new ideas too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 20, 2014 at 10:36 PM

      • Nothing quite like peering behind the curtain and seeing a whole new way to look at the world; opportunities that are just waiting to be experienced.

        Dalo 2013

        June 20, 2014 at 10:51 PM

  51. I was sent here by dear Gallivanta. Exquisite photography!

    Leya

    August 3, 2014 at 6:37 AM

  52. You have amazing shots on this blog !! I’m glad to have stumbled upon it !

    darwinontherocks

    September 11, 2014 at 7:12 AM


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