Portraits of Wildflowers

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What is done shall be undone

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Yes, what is done shall be undone, say the sages, and so it is with the tufts of Baccharis neglecta as they age and begin to come undone in a way that we may find unruly but that surely serves the plant’s purpose.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 6, 2011 at 5:51 AM

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  1. Wonderful!

    Pamela Breitberg

    November 6, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    • Thank you, Pamela. I’m pleased that you appreciate the way things fall apart, which is a part of the cycle often paid much less attention to than flowering, with all its appeal.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 6, 2011 at 8:34 AM

  2. You’ve vividly captured the beauty of this stage in the cycle of plant life, which, as you note, is often overlooked. Impossible, though, to overlook in a photograph as stunning as this.

    Susan Scheid

    November 6, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    • Why, thank you, Susan. For years now I’ve been fascinated by the forms that plants take as they near the end of their cycle. I’ve occasionally shown pictures of that type in this column, and I’ll continue to do so. (In fact I’ve had one prepared to post for some time now, but I keep bumping it down the line to make way for other sudden passions.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 6, 2011 at 10:01 AM

  3. Beautiful!!

    JuanitasPhotoBox

    November 6, 2011 at 11:19 AM

  4. Love this.

    cidnlars

    November 6, 2011 at 11:31 PM

  5. Hi. A very enjoyable series of posts. To think of a seed being undone … very nice. Jane

    jane tims

    November 9, 2011 at 8:50 PM

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