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A bluebell bud

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Bud of a bluebell, Eustoma exaltatum.

If, as Wordsworth wrote, “The Child is father of the Man,” then the Bud is mother of the Flower.

Who could tell, without already having seen it, that a bud like this will soon become a flower like the bluebell shown yesterday?

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 16, 2011 at 6:48 AM

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  1. Hi! I’m from the Philippines. I assume you know a lot about flowers. 🙂 I took a picture once of a white flower (feel free to check it on my blog), but i could not identify or find its name. I’m hoping you have an idea about it. Thanks! And keep on taking pictures of these flowers. I love them. 🙂


    June 16, 2011 at 7:47 AM

    • Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you appreciate these flower pictures from Texas, but unfortunately I know almost nothing about native flowers in other parts of the world. I asked my asawa, who happens to be from Cebu, but she doesn’t recognize your white flower either. I’d suggest checking with someone in the botany department at one of your universities, or with someone at a plant nursery. Good luck.


      June 16, 2011 at 8:01 AM

  2. gorgeous, as is the previous posts.


    June 17, 2011 at 10:56 AM

  3. […] bud of the bluebell is long and tapering, and its length corresponds to that of the bell-shaped flower it will become. […]

  4. Beautiful…yes, would never guess that that would open into a bluebell.


    June 21, 2011 at 5:35 AM

  5. […] photos of the buds of a bluebell and a mountain pink that I recently posted in my other blog made me think of the Spanish word for […]

  6. […] unfurl into a broad petal. For an earlier stage in the process, see last week’s photograph of a bluebell bud; for a later stage, see the recently posted photograph of fully open […]

  7. J’aime la grâce de cette image, on dirait une main aux doigts effilées s’enroulant délicatement autour de ce bourgeon de fleur. De toute beauté!

    [Translation: “I like the gracefulness of this image; you might think it’s a hand with elongated fingers wrapping delicately around this flower bud. Just beautiful!”]


    June 26, 2011 at 6:44 AM

  8. […] on June 10 on the Blackland Prairie in northeast Austin. The picture I posted soon afterwards of a bluebell bud was from the same session, and in today’s picture you can see quite a bit of purple from the […]

  9. I’m new to your page!! I just love love love this photo 🙂


    September 21, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    • Thanks, Juanita. I’d made photographs of bluebell buds before, including one that I’m still particularly fond of, but this was a new way of looking at the subject. I’m glad you’re as taken with it as I am.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 21, 2011 at 8:57 PM

  10. […] a bluebell bud […]

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