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Blackfoot daisy from below

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Blackfoot Daisy Flower Head from Below 9391

And here’s what a flower head of a blackfoot daisy, Melampodium leucanthum, looks like from below; only from this side can you see the darker lines on its white rays. Like the previous photo, this one is from the front yard of native plant promoters Dale and Pat Bulla in northwest Austin, but I took the picture on February 24 of the current year. The blue in the lower right is from a patch of sky visible through the trees, a consequence of lying on the ground and aiming partly upward.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM

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  1. It is my pleasure to nominate you for the Shine On award – you can find out about it here http://margosnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/03/06/shine-on-award/


    March 5, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    • Congratulations. I’m pleased to see that readers enjoy what you’re doing to promote nature on your blog. Thanks also for thinking about my views of nature in central Texas. When the question of awards first came up for me a couple of years ago, I thought about it and ultimately decided that this blog and people’s comments on it would be reward enough for me without any overt awards. Thanks again for thinking of me, and I hope you’ll understand my decision.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 5, 2013 at 6:25 PM

  2. Beautiful shot!

    Tina Schell

    March 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

  3. I love the angle you have chosen, it really shows the daisy from a different point of you. I took photographs of daisies in our grass yesterday but it was because the bees were going from daisy to daisy. It is not a flower I associate with bees.


    March 6, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    • I don’t know if “a different point of you” was intentional or subconscious, but it’s a play on words that this “you” wishes he could claim to bee the creator of.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 6, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      • Whoops, that was a funny typo, I really meant point of view 🙂


        March 6, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        • I like it the way you wrote it. In fact I like the phrase so much that I may have to steal it. Let’s see if your subconscious can come up with some more of these.

          Steve Schwartzman

          March 6, 2013 at 11:12 AM

  4. Amazing, the difference from above and below. I never would have guessed it was the same flower.

    And this time I really had to look to find your name. It wasn’t until I enlarged the photo that I found it. I get such a kick out of your creativity with the placement.


    March 8, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    • Lying down, you see a different side of things, literally and figuratively. Notice, too, the fuzziness on what had been the outside of the bud; from above, the flower head shows no hint of anything fuzzy.

      I hear that some companies pay a lot for name placement, but I place mine for free. I’m happy to hear you got a kick out of this one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM

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