Portraits of Wildflowers

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Greenbrier in autumn, part 2

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Greenbrier tendril and colorful leaves; click for greater detail.

If it’s dangerous to walk through stands of greenbrier—and it is—at least the plant’s stiff, lobed leaves compensate a little by acting as small sources of warm colors in the fall (and occasionally earlier in the year). In addition to the leaf in this photograph that’s clearly attached via a red stalk to the viny part of the plant, the orange glow in the background comes from another greenbrier leaf far enough away to be out of focus (and to appear rounder than it really is, thanks to the way lenses render such things).

I took this picture on the partly sunny afternoon of December 17 in the relatively new “panhandle” of St. Edward’s Park that’s on the east side of Spicewood Springs Rd. in my part of Austin. For more information, including a state-clickable map showing the places in the southeastern United States where Smilax bona-nox grows, you can visit the USDA website.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 19, 2011 at 5:10 AM

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  1. Another absolutely beautiful art photo in addition to botanical.


    December 19, 2011 at 7:51 AM

  2. Loved the composition

    Mahesh Patil

    December 19, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    • Thanks, Mahesh. I cropped the original to emphasize the diagonal sweep from lower left to upper right, and also to remove part of the leaf that had a dark blemish on it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 19, 2011 at 12:13 PM

  3. Beautiful photo. When I started to get interested in wildflowers and native plants, I started taking lots of photos to use on my website but I tend to get focused on photos to ID the plant. Viewing your pics of Greenbrier has reminded my to look beyond just the beauty of the flowers and ID pics. Thanks


    December 19, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    • Thanks, Jay. I’m happy if I’ve got you thinking of looking at more phases of a plant than just its (admittedly appealing) flowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 19, 2011 at 1:25 PM

  4. Nice colors – and you almost created a wonderful sculpture of this macro of a greenbrier-part…


    December 19, 2011 at 5:05 PM

  5. Stunning image. The colors are outstanding and the lighting is spot on.


    December 19, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    • Thanks, Edith. I don’t think I’d ever noticed how red the leaf stalks can become; they were an unanticipated bonus in the color department.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 20, 2011 at 7:33 AM

  6. This shot is full of cool shapes and colours! Very nicely done!!


    December 19, 2011 at 7:12 PM

    • Thanks, Steve. I don’t mind saying I felt the same way when I was looking through the viewfinder.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 19, 2011 at 8:05 PM

  7. Ok I admit that is lovely. Still don’t want to literally run into it. But I will admire it from afar. Thanks!


    December 20, 2011 at 2:42 AM

  8. […] picture in the previous post revealed how colorful greenbrier can become in the fall, but that closeup didn’t let you see an entire leaf, so I’m adding this view that does. […]

  9. That is beautiful! I love the array of colours. Nice to *meet* you!


    December 20, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    • Nice to meet you too: it’s one of the great benefits of an Internet-connected world, especially for people who create things.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 20, 2011 at 9:36 AM

  10. WOW! This is much more impressive than the first one… Fascinated me. This is a story, a poem, a moment that goes on to live in our mind too, so impressive and so inspirational. Thank you, with my love, nia


    December 20, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    • Yes, this one is more certainly more colorful; I’m happy you were inspired by it, and I’m happy to have seen this plant in a new way.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 20, 2011 at 11:01 AM

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