Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Sunflower seed head remains

with 4 comments

On February 21st I went out to a sumpy place I know on the Blackland Prairie in northeast Austin. It was there, in the late spring of 2011, even in that year of the dreadful drought, that I found a thriving colony of wild sunflowers, Helianthus annuus. Now, some eight months later, I found their remains—or what remained of their remains—and this time there was some water in the sump that had been dry the last time I visited.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 3, 2012 at 1:43 PM

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  1. This looks like a sculpture that should be in a museum.

    Bonnie Michelle

    March 3, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    • I think you’re on to something: if you can get a museum to buy it, I’ll give you a good commission.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 3, 2012 at 4:21 PM

  2. I wish more people would see the beauty in dead seed heads & so on & perhaps people would start to think about less sterile forms of private & municipal gardening. So YES I think you should get a major museum to organise a massive exhibition on the theme & include this in it!!

    Sonya Chasey

    March 5, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    • I’m pleased that you like to see subjects like this one, Sonya. As I mentioned to Bonnie, I’d love to have museums favor seed heads, dried plants, and the like.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 5, 2012 at 2:09 PM


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