Portraits of Wildflowers

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A fluffy little devil

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And while we’re doing clarifications and follow-ups, let me add that Mexican devilweed, Chloracantha spinosa, is one of the many members of the sunflower family whose flower heads turn into puffballs when they go to seed.

This photograph, like the previous one, comes from a session at Meadow Lake Park in Round Rock, a northern suburb of Austin; the date was September 23, 2011, when the drought was raging and we hadn’t had any significant rain for a long time.

For those of you interested in the craft of photography, points 1, 2, 5, and 16 in About My Techniques are relevant to this image.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 15, 2012 at 9:14 AM

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  1. Amazing photo. You bring out the extraordinary, always, in little beauties that might otherwise pass many of us by.

    Susan Scheid

    January 15, 2012 at 9:25 AM

  2. Lovely little ball of fluff, Steve. Not very “devilish” at all.

    Steve Gingold

    January 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    • But you can see lots of details in this photograph, and you know what they say: the devil is in the details.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 15, 2012 at 10:01 AM

  3. Fantastic detail in this shot!


    January 15, 2012 at 10:25 AM

  4. Wow I love the background…it really makes the flower pop!


    January 15, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    • It does, and I’ve been trying to remember—so far in vain—what plants those were in the background.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 15, 2012 at 5:55 PM

  5. This is by far my favorite of yours 🙂 The colors are wonderful and so demanding!!


    January 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

  6. Fireworks ready to explode.


    January 15, 2012 at 3:41 PM

  7. Like the finest silky embroidery floss!


    January 15, 2012 at 5:14 PM

  8. Beautiful background again. Love the flowing together of the yellow and green. Really sets the mainly white flower off.


    January 15, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    • You’re the first to point out the flowing together of the yellow and the green. Thanks for the observation.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

  9. Lovely bokeh! The lively colors are warming to view in such cold weather. Thanks, I needed this! 🙂
    ~ Lynda


    January 15, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    • I do my best in many pictures to make the background at free from detail as possible. As for warmth, the temperature was at least in the 90s when I took this picture back in September.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 15, 2012 at 8:01 PM

  10. […] the heels (bracts? roots? stems?) of the last post I’ll add that along with Mexican devilweed and many another member of the sunflower family, as well as cattails and sycamores, our native […]

  11. Truly, a captivating image, and I always enjoy your commentary, Sally

    Sally W. Donatello

    January 16, 2012 at 7:54 AM

  12. Whoa! Excellent capture. 🙂


    January 23, 2012 at 9:53 AM

  13. I love the closeness you really got with the subject against a yellowing and greening background : )


    January 23, 2012 at 2:40 PM

  14. […] a member of the same botanical family as sunflowers, asters, thistles, tatalencho, mistflowers, and Mexican devilweed. Many of the insect-pollinated plants in this huge group share a trait: after their flower heads go […]

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