Portraits of Wildflowers

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The view from below, with an addendum

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And here’s a view of a dried-out basket-flower seen from below. The stalk that was a vibrant green when fresh has dulled down now to a reddish-brown that I still find pleasant. If the noontime sky seems preternaturally dark, it’s not from of an eclipse of the sun but from an “eclipse” of the background light due to the small lens aperture I wanted for greater depth of field; in order to compensate for the loss of light, I added some flash to keep my subject bright. (There he goes with that day-for-night technique again.)

When I saw this photograph enlarged on my computer monitor I noticed something I’d overlooked (underlooked?) at the time I took the picture: beneath the basket-flower are two very small white ovals. The tiny objects appear to be insect eggs, and if you click the icon below you can see an enlargement of one of them. That closer view will let you see that the egg is attached by a very slender filament emerging from a foothold in the basket of the basket-flower.

Stay tuned for a more dramatic connection between an insect and a basket-flower next time.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

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  1. Wow, amazing you can get such sharp detail! Look forward to the next instalment…


    June 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    • My Canon EOS 7D takes pictures with 18 million pixels, so there’s plenty of detail. Keeping those details sharp isn’t always easy; the small aperture I used let me have a greater depth of field, which meant more the parts of the basket would be in focus than with a wider aperture.

      And now let the suspense mount till next time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2012 at 2:35 PM

  2. The dried baskets are gorgeous! They would be stunning in a weed pot in winter. BTW, is that a lacewing egg in your photo? ~ Lynda


    June 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    • Yes, these are particularly good in dried arrangements. I’ve had some in a vase through the winter.

      As for the eggs, I’m afraid I don’t know enough about insects to tell you what they’re from.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 5, 2012 at 12:46 PM

  3. One of many things we learn from you is that every phase of a wildflower’s life is full of wonder.

    Susan Scheid

    June 5, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    • I certainly keep finding wonderful things in all those stages. Seems like there’s no end of new things to become aware of.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 5, 2012 at 10:14 PM

  4. Photo très estéthique. J’aime.


    June 6, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    • Me voici devant tous un homme plein d’esthétique. (C’est que je me suis souvenu du premier vers d’un poème d’Apollinaire: “Me voici devant tous un homme plein de sens.”) A vrai dire, je crois que c’est la première fois qu’on a employé le mot esthétique ici.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 6, 2012 at 6:03 AM

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