Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Red, white and blue

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Most of the pictures that appear in these pages come courtesy of a 100 mm macro lens, but once in a while only a wide-angle lens can capture the sweep of a scene. In this case the date was April 11, the place a country road in Llano County. By now you probably recognize the white prickly poppies, Argemone albiflora, and the prominent firewheels or Indian blankets, Gaillardia pulchella. The yellow-rayed flowers are brown bitterweed, Helenium amarum var. badium.

The red, white, and blue (and the yellow at no extra charge) come to you on a date that in the United States marks Independence Day, which has amazingly never failed to coincide each year with my came-into-the-world day.

© 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’d like, but please be aware that it may be a while before I can respond.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 4, 2012 at 5:44 AM

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  1. Happy Birthday! Thanks for the lovely photo. Rainey


    July 4, 2012 at 6:04 AM

  2. This is so gorgeous! You really take great shots! =)


    July 4, 2012 at 6:17 AM

  3. Thanks for the flowers. Enjoy your birthday!

    Roberty Kamper

    July 4, 2012 at 6:36 AM

  4. And a Happy 4th of July to you! Thank you for all the images.


    July 4, 2012 at 6:59 AM

  5. Sublime shot… ✿


    July 4, 2012 at 7:13 AM

  6. Happy Birthday Steve!


    July 4, 2012 at 9:32 AM

  7. Happy Birthday and beautiful shot!!!


    July 4, 2012 at 9:36 AM

  8. Happy Independence Day and Happiest of Birthdays!!!


    July 4, 2012 at 9:46 AM

  9. Awesome. And I hope you forget about patriotism for a good chunk of it to enjoy YOUR day today. But don’t forget to kiss your mom — it’s really HER day. She did all the work for your one day. :)


    July 4, 2012 at 9:58 AM

  10. Very patriotic. Have a good one.


    July 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM

  11. Très patriotique comme photo ;) Belle représentation dans l’ordre des couleurs de notre drapeau.


    July 5, 2012 at 3:06 AM

    • Val, who is French, notes that this picture is patriotic for more than one country, and that the order of the colors from top to bottom coincides with the order in which the colors of her flag are given: blue, white and red.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 5, 2012 at 3:15 AM

  12. And of course the colors are appropriate for your adopted state, too – a place that positively celebrates independent old cusses! Not that I’d suggest for a moment…. ;)

    Happy birthday – and thanks for taking the time to give us a gift to help us celebrate the day that belongs to us all!


    July 5, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    • Suggest away: I’ll own up to your description!

      John Adams believed future generations would celebrate July 2, the date when the document was adopted, but I’m a particular beneficiary of the celebratory move to the 4th.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 5, 2012 at 9:18 PM

  13. Very clever, Steve, and a nice alternate vision of red, white, and blue :-)


    July 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    • I’m glad you like my natural version of that three-color theme. This picture seemed to want to be posted on the 4th of July.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 6, 2012 at 8:11 PM

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