Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Tiny beetle

with 10 comments

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You’ve seen various pictures this year (including yesterday) of the wildflower called firewheel or Indian blanket, Gaillardia pulchella. Here for the first time is a different species in the genus, Gaillardia suavis, whose rays typically fall off quickly and leave only a central globe that has given the flower the colloquial name pincushion daisy. As you can see, I wasn’t its only visitor on March 25 in north-central Austin.

For those of you who are interested in photography as a craft, points 1, 2, 5 and especially 20 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman


The daily posts that you’ve become accustomed to will continue while I’m away from Austin. Feel free to comment if you like, but please be aware that I may not be able to answer for a while.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 1, 2012 at 5:46 AM

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  1. gorgeous capture!!


    July 1, 2012 at 8:47 AM

  2. Hi,
    What an amazing photo, well done. 🙂


    July 1, 2012 at 3:20 PM

  3. Awwww…. He looks like puffed wheat!


    July 1, 2012 at 3:57 PM

  4. Amazing!


    July 1, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    • It’s a coincidence that you used the same word as Mags in the first comment. I’m pleased that the picture struck you that way.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 1, 2012 at 11:41 PM

  5. Beautiful photo and site! You have some amazing pictures and great tips!

    Mountain Dweller

    July 3, 2012 at 2:38 PM

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