Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Sunflower as mandala

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Maturing disk flowers of Helianthus annuus; click for greater detail.

If you thought we were done with sunflowers* for this year, you may rethink your thinking. In spite of the drought in Texas, sunflowers have been thriving in Austin for months, and I’ve kept photographing them. Over the next few weeks I’ll sprinkle some sunflower pictures, whether recent or from seasons past, into whatever other species we’re looking at.

This oval mandala shows the universe in the maturing disk of a sunflower that was growing wild on the prairie at Austin’s former Mueller Airport in mid-June of this year.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman


* Newcomers to this column, and those who never tire of sunflowers, may want to look back at the eight previous posts involving them:

Sunflower’s new leaves

Sunflower colony

Lady beetle

Predation on the rays of a sunflower

Just can’t get enough of those sunflowers

Fading sunflower blowing in the prairie wind

Sunflower stalk

Prairie redux

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 29, 2011 at 6:10 AM

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  1. Wow! The Helianthus mandala (that even sounds good together) is drop dead gorgeous.

    Diane Sherrill

    July 30, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    • Thanks for your enthusiasm, Diane. I’m glad you see this as I do. Those little yellow five-pointed “stamen stars” appeal to the mathematician (and cosmologist?) in me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 30, 2011 at 12:08 PM

  2. I like the sunflower-mandala matchup- seeing things in different ways adds insight.

    Watching Seasons

    July 31, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    • I’m please that you like it. I saw it this way only on July 21, some five weeks after taking the picture.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 31, 2011 at 5:28 PM

  3. Hi Steve .. what a wonderful photo too … I’ve just come from your lace cactus photo (March 11th 2012) – cheers Hilary


    March 12, 2012 at 2:20 AM

    • A voice across the more than seven months…. It was once more common than it is now for photographers to present pictures in an elliptical shape.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 12, 2012 at 6:44 AM

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