Portraits of Wildflowers

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Copper lily in an earlier phase

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In the last post you saw a copper lily, Habranthus tubispathus, that with a few others of its kind had been called forth on July 13 by the consecutive rainy days we’d been having in Austin (and continued to have for several more). Perhaps half a dozen already open little flowers were scattered about, but there were several times as many buds rising from the ground. You see one of them here, alongside part of a taller stalk.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 23, 2012 at 6:07 AM

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  1. Ganz herrliches Foto!!


    July 23, 2012 at 7:31 AM

  2. The World as Rorschach: Look at that shy little bud, peering over its shoulder while it taps ever so gently on the stalk next to it and says, “Psssst! You have another bud in there for me to play with?”


    July 23, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    • Definitely Rorschachian: I wouldn’t have seen it that way, but I’m glad your imagination got a chance to play—and unlike the photographer, it didn’t have to lie on the ground to do its thing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 23, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    • Very good! Never saw it till you said it. ~ L


      July 23, 2012 at 4:16 PM

  3. Very interesting texture over the flower. I’m not sure whether you added it later or not but it looks unique.

    In a canvas print, this will look sooo nice !! good work sir.

    • Thanks, I’m glad that you like this photograph, Jigar. To answer your question: As a nature photographer, I don’t use artificial backgrounds, nor do I add textures in post-processing. The texture of the copper lily bud is as you see it here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 23, 2012 at 2:04 PM

  4. Wonderful photos as always. Amusing that you saw a Texas native on the highline!

    Susan Scheid

    July 23, 2012 at 8:36 PM

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