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Rain-lily flower stalk by four-nerve daisy flower head

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Rain-Lily Sheath by Tetraneuris linearifolia Flower Head 7259

The last post showed you the bud of a rain-lily, Cooperia pedunculata, along Stonelake Blvd. on April 9. The time before that you saw a white prickly poppy flower in a colony of four-nerve daisies, Tetraneuris linearifolia. This photograph from the same session as those two combines elements of both: in the foreground you have the lower portion of a rain-lily’s long flower tube, and in the background an out-of-focus four-nerve daisy nearby. None of the rain-lily’s characteristic whiteness is in evidence here, and that’s one reason I’m fond of this atypical view.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 27, 2013 at 6:19 AM

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  1. Is this an incredible coincidence in alignment of these flowers or your ability to see a great shot? I think the latter.


    April 27, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    • Over the past 14 years that I’ve been photographing plants, I came more and more to the opinion that background is often as important to a photograph as the subject in the foreground. The main reason I subject* myself to kneeling and lying on the ground is so that I can move around to try and line my subject up with something in the background, whether that thing is neutral or, as in this case, has an appealing identity of its own that can be made to harmonize with what’s at the center of attention. That kind of alignment isn’t always possible, but in this case there was a convenient four-nerve daisy that I could play off against the rain-lily.
      * For once that was an unintentional play on words.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 27, 2013 at 7:21 AM

  2. I wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your tilt to the abstract. It’s important to be able to see the nuances of nature, and you are capturing them with a sense of caring and devotion.


    April 27, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    • Thanks, Sally. There’s no denying I have a penchant for the abstract, which can reveal things that aren’t as apparent when viewed conventionally.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 27, 2013 at 7:44 PM

  3. Lovely composition!


    April 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM

  4. The colors are gorgeous. I like this one a lot.


    April 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    • Thanks for letting me know. I’m particularly fond of it, too, and my wife had the same reaction.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 28, 2013 at 6:06 AM

  5. Great colors and perspective!


    April 28, 2013 at 6:54 AM

  6. This one looks as though it’s praying for rain – a prayer that was well and truly answered last night. The intense color of the lily reminds me of the amazing range of color I can see in the evening primroses. “Pink” may be their color, but they range from white to an intense, pure magenta. I saw a few yesterday that were nearly the color of wine cups. There’s always something new to see.


    April 28, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    • I’ve noticed lots of variation in the pink evening primroses too, with pink being only the most common color.

      Your last sentence sums up my approach. That’s why I keep going back to species I’ve photographed many times before. While I can’t say that each time is like the first time, I can say that it’s different, and I can repeat the French saying “Vive la différence!”

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 28, 2013 at 9:53 AM

  7. Your other commenters have all said it already, but I will still chime in to say that this is a particularly perspicacious shot. Outstanding design capture.


    April 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM

  8. […] its own right but as a formless background for this nearby four-nerve daisy, Tetraneuris scaposa. The last time you saw a four-nerve daisy in these pages, it was playing the background role and a rain-lily stalk was the star. This talk of […]

  9. […] A rain-lily stalk; […]

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