Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography


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The previous post showed you bladderpods in the aggregate, but these wildflowers in the genus Lesquerella (and perhaps the species gracilis) grow low and small enough that you need a closeup to know what they look like. Here’s that closeup, taken in northwest Austin on March 2. The yellow glow in the background came from other bladderpods in the group, which was large enough that I considered it the first colony of native wildflowers I saw in 2012.

The four petals in the shape of a cross identify this plant as a member of the Cruciferae (now Brassicaceae), or mustard family. Notice a few of the spherical “bladders” that give this flower its common name.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM

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  1. Great shot Steve! 🙂


    April 15, 2012 at 1:29 PM

  2. Lovely work!


    April 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

  3. Love the pop of Yellow!!!


    April 15, 2012 at 3:17 PM

  4. This made me think of the evening primrose (Oenothera macrocarpa, and not only because of its color. It’s such a prim little flower – it makes me happy to see that some not-so-splashy flowers get to come to the party, too!


    April 15, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    • The not-so-splashy ones can often be found in my photo pool.

      Your comment came as I was thinking about the pictures I also take of fading flowers and those that were eaten or otherwise didn’t make it, and of dried-out plants, and all the less-than-pristine things out there in nature.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 15, 2012 at 4:42 PM

  5. Looking at your exchange with shoreacres, there, all I can say is I think you can probably make it all look good.

    Susan Scheid

    April 15, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    • I try, Susan. You reminded me of the way Baudelaire made poetry out of the macabre and disreputable, as had François Villon centuries before him.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 15, 2012 at 5:45 PM

  6. Super photo Steve!


    April 16, 2012 at 9:12 AM

  7. It is raining today and these are so sunshiny it brought to mind a song from the 20s.

    ~ Put Away a Little Ray of Golden Sunshine for a Rainy Day ~

    “Put away a little ray of golden sunshine for a rainy day. Just a ray may come in mighty handy sometime when the skies are gray.”

    Give it a listen? OK then, go here: http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/10178/

    ~ Lynda 😉


    April 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    • Thanks for the song; it sounds very 1920s.

      By coincidence, I was at this location again yesterday morning but dark clouds, rising wind, and dropping temperature clued me in to go back to my car before the rain started falling. It wasn’t much rain, but i always have to protect my camera equipment.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

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