Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

A young bluebonnet

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In photographs taken on March 26 and March 29 you saw dense colonies of bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis. Now, from northeast Austin on March 14, here’s a portrait of a bluebonnet as its flowers were starting to come out.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 3, 2012 at 5:38 AM

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  1. I love seeing flowers before they bloom…so much to look forward to.


    April 3, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    • I often take pictures of flowers in their formative stages, which can be pretty different from what they turn into. As you said, there’s so much to look forward to.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 3, 2012 at 7:56 AM

  2. Superb detail, as always.


    April 3, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    • Thanks, Lu. My 100mm macro lens is pretty sharp. I managed to line up a lot of the key element of the bluebonnet in approximately a plane parallel to the camera’s sensor.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 3, 2012 at 8:01 AM

  3. Nature’s geometry is quite extraordinary, isn’t it?

    Susan Scheid

    April 3, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    • It is, Susan. When I look at the arrangement of the pointy pieces in this flower head, I see spirals and think about the Fibonacci numbers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 3, 2012 at 10:08 PM

  4. Whoooo wow. And that’s all I’m able to say.


    April 4, 2012 at 8:32 AM

  5. Great details! I love this shot!

    Michael Glover

    April 4, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    • Thanks, Michael. It’s a different—and much closer—view than the traditional ones of bluebonnets.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 4, 2012 at 1:19 PM

  6. Wow… the blue color on either sides makes it look like alien’s eyes. It also has a perfect forehead and nose… beautiful picture…



    April 4, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    • You have an active imagination. I didn’t see facial features here, but I’m happy that you were able to.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

  7. Lovely shot. Beautiful colours in both the flower bud and the background.


    April 5, 2012 at 8:53 AM

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