Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

A different look

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As you heard yesterday, on the morning of September 18th I stopped where Perry Lane meets Mopac at 45th St. and photographed the descendants of the rain-lilies, Cooperia drummondii, that I portrayed on that site in 2011. While the image in the last post was panoramic, this vertical closeup is a pastel view, an Impressionist view, of a single and to my mind quite architectural rain-lily.

© 2012 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 21, 2012 at 6:15 AM

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  1. They remind me a little of autumn crocus… do the flowers open up more?


    September 21, 2012 at 6:26 AM

    • Yes, when fully open the tepals flare out into stylized six-pointed stars (as seen from above).

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 21, 2012 at 6:31 AM

  2. Every thing you say about this flower is true, and more. This is a truly beautiful shot, demonstrating as you do so well, the very subtle beauty of wildflowers.


    September 21, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    • Thanks for your kind words. It’s hard not to get good pictures of this wonderful wildflower.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

  3. Sweetly simple and lovely, and elegant in its ability to look skyward.


    September 21, 2012 at 10:29 AM

  4. Elegant would be how I describe the subject in this photo.


    September 21, 2012 at 12:24 PM

  5. Simply stunning. I particularly like the way the background picks up the changing color of the other flowers. And your mention of upraised hands is exactly right. The flower looks as though it’s cupping its hands to catch more rain.


    September 22, 2012 at 7:06 AM

    • There’s much to be said for softness at times, and as you noted, in this case that soft background picks up the color of rain-lilies that are already changing. Several people have seen the fresh flowers as welcoming rain, although that’s anachronistic, because the rain almost always ends a few days before the flowers arise.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 22, 2012 at 7:20 AM

  6. Stunning photo, very Zen, pure, elegant.


    September 22, 2012 at 6:33 PM

  7. ¡Esto es bellísimo!, una toma preciosa y elegante, abrazos


    September 23, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    • Gracias, Manoli. Esta foto me gustó porque era diferente de las demás que había tomado de esta flor en años anteriores.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 23, 2012 at 8:41 AM

  8. ………………sigh……………..isteni……………….mennyei………………….

    not as romantic as spanish but thought I’d use my original language as well 🙂


    September 24, 2012 at 1:37 AM

    • What, Hungarians can’t be romantic? Köszönöm for finding this image divine and heavenly.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 24, 2012 at 5:20 AM

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