Portraits of Wildflowers

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The tetragon gives way to the cone

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After the fragrance of nerve-ray fades, after its seeds have matured and fallen to the ground, what remains is often a conical core with a stiff fringe surrounding its base. At this stage Tetragonotheca texana resembles some of its neighboring relatives in the sunflower family when they’re similarly advanced. And speaking of advancing, this is the fourth and last post in the current miniseries about a species known colloquially not only as nerve-ray but also as square-bud daisy.

For those of you who are interested in photography as a craft, points 1,3 4, and 8 in About My Techniques are relevant to this image.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 29, 2012 at 1:12 PM

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  1. I haven’t had a chance to see the other images in the series but will catch up. I love the structure and texture in this photo.. Interesting that a plant can still look beautiful after it’s faded…

    • Yes indeed. I take a lot of pictures of plants after they’ve gone to seed and are in various stages of decomposition. Each species tends to do so in a characteristic way.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 29, 2012 at 6:41 PM

  2. On dirait une fleur en or. superbe


    July 30, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    • L’ancolie bleue (the blue columbine) says that you could think of this as a flower made of gold.

      Je n’aurais jamais pensé à ça, mais je le vois maintenant.
      I would never have thought of that, but I see it now.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 30, 2012 at 7:37 AM

  3. I’m amazed at how much it resembles the green pine cones the squirrels are beginning to “taste” and discard. This nerve-ray has developed this look in the process of dying, while the green cones still are in the process of coming to maturity. Interesting.


    July 30, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    • It does have the look of a pine cone, doesn’t it? Good of you to point out the contrast between the different stages the cone can represent in nature, one for a flower and the other for a tree.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 30, 2012 at 7:51 AM

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