Portraits of Wildflowers

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A white-sepaled windflower

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On February 4 you saw a flower of Anemone berlandieri, known as ten-petaled anemone, ten-petal thimbleweed, and wind-flower. I mentioned then that the flower’s color can be much less intense than the purple shown in that post, and here to prove it is a mostly open white anemone I photographed on February 9 in northwest Austin.

So forget red: be different and make this pure white wildflower your Valentine today.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 14, 2012 at 5:43 AM

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  1. A strangely beautiful flower! Any idea on why the middle region near anthers is bulged out?

    Hindupur Avinash

    February 14, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    • I can’t say why that region bulges, but that’s the natural shape of the center for this type of flower; it’s the thimble of the name thimble-flower.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 14, 2012 at 6:55 AM

      • Ah, thimble. I was searching for that word to describe it. Thank you 😀
        My guess is it’s perhaps for better pollination exposure.

        Hindupur Avinash

        February 14, 2012 at 6:59 AM

      • Your conjecture is plausible. In a later stage the seeds will form in that elongated thimble.

        Steve Schwartzman

        February 14, 2012 at 7:05 AM

  2. A particular favourite of mine, and you have captured its delightful gentility beautifully.


    February 14, 2012 at 6:18 AM

  3. beautifully captured.

    Sonali Dalal

    February 14, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    • I was happy with the way the leaves frame the flower stalk in this view. I remember my excitement when I saw this through the viewfinder.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM

  4. It’s amazingly beautiful! Credits to your photography. It unveiled the beauty to us!


    February 14, 2012 at 6:43 AM

  5. pristine. beautiful.


    February 14, 2012 at 7:28 AM

  6. All of your photos are beautiful but this one is exceptional. Keep up the good work. Think Spring!!!

    Agnes Plutino

    February 14, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    • Thanks, Agnes. I’ve been thinking spring for weeks, first with those tentative composites at Mueller, then with the now-cut-down wildflowers along Mopac, and most recently with this anemone and some other things that are coming to these pages in the days ahead.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 14, 2012 at 8:46 AM

  7. Wow. You make me want to run out and buy a decent camera. Love your photos. Thank you for sending them to me each day.


    February 14, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    • You’re welcome. A decent camera can work wonders, so let’s hope you upgrade in the days ahead.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 14, 2012 at 8:48 AM

  8. Hi Steve .. brilliant photo – and gorgeous corollary – is that the right term .. just love the oval and the stamens .. and white is a wonderful colour for flowers .. I certainly hope this doesn’t become extinct ..

    Cheers – Hilary


    February 14, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    • Glad the picture brightened your morning. The math teacher in me is happy with corollary, but I think you were thinking of the corolla, which my Macintosh computer’s dictionary defines as ‘the petals of a flower, typically forming a whorl within the sepals and enclosing the reproductive organs.’ Luckily this type of anemone is common in central Texas and in no danger of extinction.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 14, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      • Thanks .. guessed it might not be quite the right word .. I quite often check – but when I needed to —- I had not! They’re beautiful flowers … we have the jewel ones from Cornwall – where my mother used to live and I love them .. always remind me of our times down there from way back when to present day – when I get them for her bedside … Have a great day … Hilary


        February 14, 2012 at 9:00 AM

  9. This is beautiful Steve, the composition and background are perfect!!!


    February 14, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    • Thanks, David. I felt excited when I saw this through the viewfinder. I can’t remember ever taking an anemone picture where the leaves formed such a good visual scaffolding.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 14, 2012 at 4:36 PM

  10. […] the blue. It’s coming. (And what’s already come from this location is the picture of the white anemone and the one of the agarita […]

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