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Bluebell bud

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I visited a surviving bit of prairie in northeast Austin on May 16th, and for the first time this year I found and photographed some bluebells, Eustoma exaltatum, including this svelte bud preparing to unroll into a flower. As some of you heard me say last year, bluebells aren’t blue: just compare the color of the sky.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 7, 2012 at 5:30 AM

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  1. Very elegant. Your bluebells seems to be very different from ours (not flowering yet..).

    bentehaarstad

    June 7, 2012 at 6:55 AM

    • Yes, this is an elegant species. There are various unrelated flowers that people have called bluebells, including two right here in Texas. I can agree on the bell part but not on the blue.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 7, 2012 at 7:09 AM

  2. A whimsical tower with its tiny parapet – so beautiful! K

  3. This is stunning!!!

    dhphotosite

    June 7, 2012 at 10:50 AM

  4. Nicely done.

    When I think of bluebells I immediately think of VIRGINIA bluebells…which of course are very different in appearance.

    kerryl29

    June 7, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    • Thanks, Kerry. Yes, people have applied the name bluebell to various flowers. Another term for this one is bluebell gentian, which avoids the ambiguity and conveys the extra information that the wildflower is in the gentian family.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 7, 2012 at 3:49 PM

  5. Pure elegance.

    Susan Scheid

    June 7, 2012 at 9:15 PM

  6. “Belle en bouton” doit donner “belle en fleur”.

    lancoliebleue

    June 8, 2012 at 4:16 AM

  7. “Svelte” is exactly the right word. Increasingly, I’m in awe of the amount of time you must spend to capture these images. Apparently “patience” belongs in you bag of photographic tools, along with hip boots and stepstools.

    shoreacres

    June 8, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    • I think it was Woody Allen who said that 90% of life is just showing up. Less flippantly, I’ll confirm that I do spend a lot of time wandering with my camera in nature. I’ve been known to stay in one spot for half an hour, so I guess you can speak of patience, but the time passes quickly when I’m absorbed in what I’m doing. And back to flippancy: maybe I should start a company to sell patience to people. The unit price would drop as the amount of patience a customer ordered went up, and there’d be no shipping charge.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 8, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    • Oh, and the delivery time would be several months, so customers would learn patience while waiting for their order to be filled.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 8, 2012 at 9:05 AM

  8. So perfect it could be a crafted confection.

    Cindy Kilpatrick

    June 8, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    • And that’s a well-crafted comment, Cindy. Although a few of our wildflowers are edible, this isn’t one of them, but maybe you could make a marzipan bluebell bud that would be edible.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 8, 2012 at 9:02 AM

  9. Very elegant photo, Steve. In general, gardeners take great liberties with color names for flowers (ever hopeful, perhaps?) I think of this bluebell color as “gardener’s blue” 🙂

    composerinthegarden

    June 8, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    • You’re the third person to comment on the bud’s elegance. I wish I could tell the species that people feel that way about it.

      I like your new term: “gardener’s blue.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

  10. ¡Una belleza de fotografía! me encanta!!

    ManoliRizoFotografia

    June 8, 2012 at 6:06 PM

  11. […] my other blog this week I showed a picture of a bluebell gentian bud and described it as svelte. Now, English isn’t exactly swimming in words that begin with sv-, […]


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