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Mountain pink from above

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Mountain Pink Flower Dome from Above 5786

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The last post showed a distant view from below of some mountain pinks, Centaurium beyrichii, flowering near the top of a cliff along Capital of Texas Highway on June 21. The day before and a mile or so south of that spot, I’d photographed some of these plants at the entrance to the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve. They were on the ground, so I could lean over and aim straight down at each flowering dome. Here you see the center of one; yes, all these flowers were part—and only part—of a single mountain pink plant.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 7, 2013 at 6:18 AM

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  1. Love this view. Great photo, Steve.


    July 7, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    • I don’t often aim straight down, but that’s an approach that these densely flowering domes call for.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2013 at 9:52 AM

  2. Excellent composition Steve! 🙂


    July 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM

  3. lovely, lovely, lovely


    July 7, 2013 at 10:43 AM

  4. You may need to add a warning to this to wear sunglasses for viewing! Love that “straight down” shot.

    Susan Scheid

    July 7, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    • I like your imaginative warning to wear sunglasses when viewing these hot pink flowers. (I do wear sunglasses when I’m out in nature, but I have to take them off to look through my camera’s viewfinder.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2013 at 2:08 PM

  5. So vibrant!

    Emily Heath

    July 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM

  6. This shot reminded me of a calico print fabric, but when I went to look at what was available in pink, none of the samples had the liveliness, the beautiful, saturated color or the profusion of flowers shown here. Sometimes life just wins out over art (and craft), hands-down.


    July 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    • One implication of your comment is that an enterprising manufacturer should offer a fabric patterned after these flowers. On the technical side, I’ll add that a print, which reflect light, has an inherently hard time matching the radiance of an on-screen image, which has light coming through it. Let’s hope print technology keeps improving.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2013 at 2:26 PM

  7. I love to get just a lens full of something, especially flowers like this. It would make a great puzzle!


    July 7, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    • I often show just a portion of something in order to create a more abstract image. Sometimes I wish I had a microscope so I could really enter the world of abstraction.

      Your suggestion reminded me that there are companies that will turn an image into a jigsaw puzzle; I just did an Internet search for “custom jigsaw puzzles” and found plenty of them. I’ve thought about having some of my photographs transferred to tiles, but I haven’t tried the experiment yet.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM

  8. I like to take things out of context that way too.

    Yes, there are individual companies who make puzzles, plus good old York Photo and Zazzle and CafePress and a number of others who make photo-based products do as well. Try it and see, let us know!


    July 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM

  9. Beautiful. Aren’t plants amazing? [It occurs to me that that is a silly question to be asking you … even rhetorically.] I don’t know why but this image makes me very much aware of what’s going on inside these plants … physiologically … photosynthetically. Perhaps because there’s nothing else in the frame to distract my attentions – and therefore they focus only on the organisms themselves. Nicely done (as usual). D

    Pairodox Farm

    July 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    • I see no harm in asking rhetorical questions like yours. Years ago, when I first looked straight down at one of these plants, the curvature of the blossoming top gave me the impression of centrifugal force, even though nothing was moving. You can see a suggestion of that in the upper and lower left corners of this image. You’re going farther than my imagination did, into plant physiology. Happy delving.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM

  10. What a wonderful showoff of a plant!!


    July 7, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    • You’re right, this species really knows how to show off. That leaves less for the photographer to have to do.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2013 at 5:41 PM

  11. J’apprécie ces répétitions de motifs. Bravo.


    July 10, 2013 at 1:38 AM

  12. […] Trail on June 28th I encountered some mountain pinks, Centaurium beyrichii, but as I’d found larger and more photogenic ones a week earlier at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, I photographed one of the newly encountered […]

  13. […] morning’s photograph—you can have a look upward from afar at some plants on a cliff or closely downward at a flowering dome. And for the large majority of you who weren’t visiting this blog in the second week of its […]

  14. And I missed this one too! Love this pink!


    August 30, 2013 at 7:53 PM

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