Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Two phases together

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In May and June you saw several photographs of Gaillardia pulchella, known as firewheels or Indian blankets, in various stages of development. One stage I didn’t show you was as a bud beginning to open into a flower head. Today’s picture, taken on April 20 in St. Edward’s Park in northwest Austin, makes up for that omission, and it has the advantage of contrasting an opening bud with a fully open flower head close behind it.


The daily posts that you’ve become accustomed to will continue while I’m away from Austin. Feel free to comment if you’d like, but please be aware that it may be a while before I can respond.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 30, 2012 at 5:54 AM

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  1. Absolutely fabulous!


    June 30, 2012 at 6:36 AM

  2. Absolutely stunning photo, Steve.


    June 30, 2012 at 7:16 AM

  3. Lovely juxtaposition!


    June 30, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    • An apt word, juxtaposition, for the approach I took in this photograph and have taken in others.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 30, 2012 at 8:18 AM

  4. A beautiful effect!

    Susan Scheid

    June 30, 2012 at 7:54 AM

  5. Wow the depth of field really has an interesting effect in this shot. Your positioning was perfect!


    June 30, 2012 at 2:24 PM

  6. Great play on depth of field!


    June 30, 2012 at 5:17 PM

  7. Comme une explosion solaire. Superbe


    July 1, 2012 at 3:15 AM

  8. When I was in grade school, I read the Readers’ Digest version of “The Nun’s Story”. One detail I remember is the sister getting TB, and the doctor telling her she had to consume egg yolks to build her strength. He gave them to her in a crystal wine glass. She demurred, and he said (roughly), “Sister, to a tuberculosis patient, presentation is everything”.

    Which is a long way around to say you certainly do find some marvelous ways to present these flowers to us! Beautiful!


    July 1, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    • I appreciate your taking the long (and personal) way around in making this comment, and in taking this presentation as a present.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 1, 2012 at 11:47 PM

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