Portraits of Wildflowers

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An earlier stage

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The last view was a dry one, and there’ll be two more of those ahead, so to interrupt what might otherwise seem like a drought, I thought I’d take a step back into freshness and show you a stage in the life of a basket-flower that I skipped: this is how a bud begins to open. Notice parts of two dark stamen columns emerging from the pink at the top; from what you saw yesterday, you know that plenty more of them are packed inside waiting to come out and release white pollen at their tips.

Writing of basket-flowers in her 1928 book Texas Wild Flowers, Ellen D. Schulz said: “The artistic buds add much to their beauty.” I agree with her, and I hope you do as well.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 3, 2012 at 1:43 PM

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  1. It’s really beautiful against the blue, blue sky… 🙂

    Carol Welsh

    June 3, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    • I do like to set things off against a blue, blue sky. We’ve had plenty of cloudiness lately, but some blue has managed to come through.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 3, 2012 at 1:52 PM

  2. I love the texture and detail of this photo!


    June 3, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    • There’s so much texture to play with in one of these “baskets,” and a good 100mm macro lens offers resolves various details that the human eye would otherwise miss.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 3, 2012 at 2:25 PM

  3. Steve, are they as prickly as they look? ~ Lynda


    June 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM

  4. Very pretty!


    June 4, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    • I’ve always found this species to be so. I have many memories of photographing basket-flowers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2012 at 5:54 AM

  5. Another great shot Steve!!!


    June 4, 2012 at 1:59 PM

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