Portraits of Wildflowers

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Antelope-horns milkweed buds

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Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, or so they say. And in the movie Sunset Blvd. the character of Norma Desmond says: “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” So now the Mr. Schwartzman who readily brought you a close-up of a blackfoot daisy in the last post also brings you this close view of the buds of antelope-horns, Asclepias asperula, which appeared with some blackfoot daisies two posts ago. I’ll call your attention to the red star incised on each green and pudgy pentagonal bud; note also the long, stiff, folded leaves that characterize this species.

For those of you who are interested in photography as a craft, points 1 and 2 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 20, 2012 at 5:22 AM

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  1. Loved your shot, Well taken! =)


    May 20, 2012 at 5:59 AM

  2. This photo displays the shape of these buds in all their glory… I would probably not usually look at the buds, but I think I like them better than the actual flower! Thanks for another enlightenment Steve!


    May 20, 2012 at 6:58 AM

  3. I do love these series of yours where you start with a wider view of the flowers under inspection, then come in for these incredible close-ups. Fabulous!

    Susan Scheid

    May 20, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    • Thanks, Susan. To quote another classic movie: “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” Okay, the word night doesn’t quite fit, but you take my point: there’s more ahead in this series on antelope-horns milkweed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

  4. How many times can I say I love your work oh this many !@!

    Bonnie Michelle

    May 20, 2012 at 6:20 PM

  5. Very interesting structure. Can’t wait to see those little balloons pop! ~ Lynda


    May 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM

  6. Excellent shot Steve!


    May 21, 2012 at 2:51 PM

  7. I couldn’t quite identify what seemed so familiar about this photo – it’s the colors. They’re a subtler version of the chartreuse and maroon that were so favored in the 50s. As a matter of fact, I can see them even earlier, as part of a William Morris print. Just beautiful, and so unusual.


    May 21, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    • I lived through the ’50s but I can’t say I remember chartreuse and maroon; I didn’t pay much attention to such things then (though I do remember the two-tone cars of that decade). William Morris: now there was a great artist.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

  8. Such potential in a bud isn’t there? What I enjoyed about this picture is not knowing what was held inside.

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