Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Maximilian sunflower colony

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Maximilian sunflowers; click for greater detail.

Remember the early Maximilian sunflowers, Helianthus maximiliani, that appeared in this column on September 12 and September 13? By now many more of them have come up and flowered, including this colony at the edge of a sump on the Blackland Prairie in northeastern Austin. “Regular” sunflowers, Helianthus annuus, don’t stand slender and erect and form a row like this.

For those interested in photography as a craft, point 3 in About My Techniques is relevant to today’s picture.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 12, 2011 at 5:32 AM

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  1. sunflowers and blue sky, match made in heaven – on earth ~

    Tammie

    October 12, 2011 at 5:44 PM

  2. […] them. In other years I’ve watched them in large numbers gathering nectar from goldenrod and Maximilian sunflowers, but the one in today’s photograph is the first I can recall seeing attracted to rain-lilies, […]

  3. […] that begins blooming in late summer and continues well into the fall. In mid-October you saw a stately row of them. By last week I thought these sunflowers had pretty much played themselves out for the year, but […]

  4. […] this picture to the many you’ve seen here of common sunflowers, Helianthus annuus, and Maximilian sunflowers, Helianthus maximiliani, you may be able to tell that these are a different species. They’re […]


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