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Standing winecup bud before* a flower

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Standing Winecup Bud by Flower 3649

During a visit to McKinney Falls State Park on May 6th, I photographed this bud of a standing winecup, Callirhoe pedata, in front of an open flower of the same species. (Distance has deprived the flower’s image of detail—that’s a good deprivation—but not color). Notice that even when a winecup bud’s green bracts still mostly enclose the tightly rolled petals, they already have their characteristic ragged fringes.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman


* You can take before in its spatial as well as temporal sense.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 24, 2013 at 6:03 AM

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  1. Now that’s what I call awesome composition!!! Just beautiful :).


    June 24, 2013 at 6:17 AM

  2. Beautiful!

    Lisa Vankula-Donovan

    June 24, 2013 at 6:20 AM

  3. The delicate flower seems lovingly captured.


    June 24, 2013 at 6:47 AM

  4. Looks like it’s taking a bow in a flowery spotlight….what a performance (both you and the bud)!

    Marcia Levy

    June 24, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    • A flowery spotlight: what an imaginative concept. As for performances, I can report that the bud and I got paid the same.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 24, 2013 at 8:01 AM

  5. This deserves an Oh my!

    Dallas Garden Buzz

    June 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM

  6. Gorgeous photo.

    Mind Margins/Run Nature

    June 24, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    • Thanks, Angela. I’m glad that this brightened your morning after all you’ve been going through.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 24, 2013 at 9:41 AM

  7. This is not a photograph, it is ART. Amazing Steve!

    Kathy Comer

    June 24, 2013 at 9:19 AM

  8. You have a good eye for these photos. I’ve enjoyed them. Worth a follow from me.

    Jim in IA

    June 24, 2013 at 5:44 PM

  9. That one surely made me pause as I scrolled through my reader … inspired composition, for sure. Beautiful. D

    Pairodox Farm

    June 24, 2013 at 8:03 PM

  10. Gorgeous


    June 25, 2013 at 6:51 AM

  11. The bracts are as striking as the bloom-in-waiting. It’s a beautiful composition, and fun to see the fringe already present. It’s a nice coincidence that you showed us a fringed butterfly recently – the Reakirts blue.


    June 25, 2013 at 10:11 PM

  12. This is incredibly beautiful 🙂


    June 27, 2013 at 2:54 AM

  13. What a stunning composition…. And those colors, just brilliant! Beautiful image. Truly.


    June 27, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    • Thanks so much. I’d say this picture offers a spell of serenity.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      • Heh heh! Fantastic. I’m running a tad behind with my comments and blog, obviously…. 🙂


        July 18, 2013 at 8:52 PM

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