Portraits of Wildflowers

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Engelmann daisy from the side

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Last spring I went a bit crazy and declared April 10 to be Engelmann Daisy Day, even to the point of posting not one or two but three times that day. Although 2013 has already been an excellent year for Engelmann daisies, I won’t be so extravagant this time around, but here’s a pleasantly soft side view of Engelmannia peristenia photographed at the Mueller Greenway on the overcast morning of March 29, which was one month ago today. Of course you’re welcome to follow the links in the opening sentence and have a second (or first) look at some pretty (and pretty different) takes on Engelmann daisies.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 29, 2013 at 6:12 AM

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  1. I very much like the way the flower itself seems to fade into the background. And the side view is nice. It looks like a little cup of sunshine.


    April 29, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    • I think this is the softest view of an Engelmann daisy I’ve ever produced. It’s that softness, called up by an overcast morning, that appeals to me. As you said, sunshine on a cloudy day.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 29, 2013 at 6:58 AM

  2. Gorgeous shot – it’s so dreamlike :).


    April 29, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    • Your comment reminds me of the famous lines by Calderón de la Barca:

      “que toda la vida es sueño,
      y los sueños, sueños son.”

      for all of life’s a dream,
      and [even] dreams are dreams.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 29, 2013 at 7:03 AM

  3. More of a suggestion than a comment. For a delightful wildflower viewing, drive FM713 in Caldwell County that winds past tiny towns of McMahn and Delhi. Just fantastic color right NOW!!


    April 29, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    • Thanks for your tip, Esther. I’ve looked up FM 713 on the map and I see it’s not far east of Lockhart. I’ll try to go by there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 29, 2013 at 7:41 AM

  4. If you must stick to just one shot, well, you certainly picked a glowing specimen!


    April 29, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    • You’re right that this one is a shining example that out-glows the others. I think Engelmann would be happy with it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 29, 2013 at 12:52 PM

  5. Now THAT is golden light – gorgeous!


    April 29, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    • Curiously, photographers speak about “the golden hour” when the light is magical at the beginning or end of the day, but I didn’t take this picture at one of those times. The subject provided its own golden light.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 29, 2013 at 8:53 PM

  6. stunning.


    April 30, 2013 at 8:50 AM

  7. I’d say this is one of the most beautiful flower photos I’ve seen here, steve! Absolutely delightful!


    May 3, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    • I’m delighted that you’re delighted, Janina. This turned out better than I thought it would.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 3, 2013 at 5:52 AM

  8. […] that the fields bordering the main park road were unusually flowerful. Here you see a colony of Engelmann daisies, Engelmannia peristenia, in front of one dead tree, several live ones, and some happily wispy […]

  9. […] ray flowers of the Engelmann daisy, Engelmannia peristenia, have a predilection to curl under in the heat of the day. Certain insects […]

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