Portraits of Wildflowers

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Looking more closely at Clematis drummondii

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A closer look at the strands of Clematis drummondii

Continuing with yesterday’s look at the strands of Clematis drummondii, here’s a closer view, one taken from a position that produces less sheen, so you can see that each strand has a reddish core partially covered with many very fine hairs. It’s the hairs that glint when the sunlight hits them at certain angles. Each strand emerges from one of the plant’s seeds, which grow in a cluster around the flower stem. You can see half a dozen seeds, still green at this stage, near the bottom of the photograph.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

(Visit the USDA website for more information about Clematis drummondii, including a clickable map showing where the species grows.)

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 21, 2011 at 6:10 AM

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  1. I really like that look! Very nice!


    July 21, 2011 at 10:20 PM

    • Thanks. As much as I’ve looked at this species, I’d never seen it looking quite the way I managed to photograph it here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 21, 2011 at 10:34 PM

  2. This picture reminds me of a work of modern art. I’m so glad that I found your blog. This is my first stop here, you’ve peaked my interest. I’m currently photographing a number of ‘wild flowers’, I’m looking forward to learning some things from your blog. 🙂

    Rolling with Husky

    July 23, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    • Thanks. I’m glad that you found this blog too: welcome. There’s so much to learn about wildflowers, even in one small region. I wish I’d had even an introductory botany course in college.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 23, 2011 at 10:19 PM

  3. These are the colors of Italian gelato! Elegant vertical portrait Steve.

    Barbara Youngleson

    July 25, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    • Now there’s a novel metaphor: gelato! I’m pleased that you find this portrait elegant. Thanks.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 25, 2011 at 10:03 PM

  4. I have never looked at a clematis that closely and see that I have missed a great beauty. Wonderful image, Steve.


    July 28, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    • Thanks, Lynn. Next time you get the chance you can have an up-close-and-personal look at a Clematis of this sort.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 28, 2011 at 6:05 PM

  5. This is gorgeous, Steve. Rarely do I look this close and it would improve my paintings if I did “see” this, so fragile and full of movement.


    July 29, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    • Thanks, Leslie. Perhaps future close looks at nature will inspire you to new and different sorts of paintings.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 29, 2011 at 11:12 AM

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