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Basket-flower from below

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The view from below, and at a slightly earlier stage than last time, shows the “basket” that gives Centaurea americana its most common common name.

Date: June 3.  Place: Mammoth Cave Blvd. at Pflugerville Pkwy. in Pflugerville.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 13, 2013 at 6:21 AM

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  1. Gorgeous light and detail in this photo. Nice work


    June 13, 2013 at 6:28 AM

  2. Simply beautiful. I like the way the backlighting brings out that hint of lavender, but of course the real interest is the complexity of the “basket”. It’s an interesting variation on the rule of thirds – the feathery blossom, the intricate weaving of the basket and then, down below, the smooth, striated sweep of the leaf and stem.


    June 13, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    • Speaking of the stem, I should have noted that as a rule it widens as it approaches the flower head in this species. The striations that you mentioned are also typical. Those two things, plus the basket, constitute a threesome that distinguishes basket-flowers from its relatives.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 13, 2013 at 7:17 AM

  3. Wow! Stunning capture. Love the detail.

    Lisa Vankula-Donovan

    June 13, 2013 at 6:36 AM

  4. Wow, that’s beautiful! The word graceful comes to mind :).


    June 13, 2013 at 7:02 AM

  5. a relative to our common cornflower I’m guessing? I am learning so much from you – how to compose beautiful shots as well as new flowers and flower names!
    Jude xx


    June 13, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    • Yes, the cornflower is Centaurea cyanus. The first time I ever heard of the cornflower was in the 1980s, from a song by Kate Wolf entitled “Cornflower Blue.” I wonder if she knew about the native American species.

      I’m glad these pictures are inspiring you to compose good ones of your own.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

  6. Eloquent, flowing and lovely.


    June 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM

  7. Very beautiful photo, Steve.


    June 13, 2013 at 2:44 PM

  8. Amazing detail, Steve! It looks almost other-wordly from this perspective.


    June 14, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    • Welcome to that other world, Lynn. I think it’s important to look at things from various perspectives (which is why I spend as much time on the ground as I do).

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 14, 2013 at 10:05 PM

  9. What a beautiful, fascinating shot… Quite architectural!


    June 17, 2013 at 8:29 AM

  10. […] 13th session on Burnet Rd. near the old Merrilltown Cemetery that not long ago brought you five images of basket-flowers, including an American painted lady butterfly on a fresh one and a tan grasshopper camouflaged on a […]

  11. Wow…amazing photography….i love all your photos here…

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