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Texas milkweed flowering

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Texas Milkweed Flowers 5918

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So different from the Navajo tea flowers you saw last time are those of Texas milkweed, Asclepias texana. I found both at the Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve on June 20.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that points 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 10, 2013 at 6:12 AM

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  1. Une belle mise en valeur pour cette plante.


    July 10, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    • Une des traductions en anglais de “mettre en valeur” est highlight, et je trouve que ça va bien ici. Le fond est complètement naturel, mais j’ai employé flash.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 10, 2013 at 7:14 AM

  2. Elle est si jolie avec toutes ces petites danseuses en tutu.. je suis allée plusieurs fois sur ton lien. J’utilise aussi le flash de temps en temps mais avec mon bridge je n’obtiens pas de fond aussi parfait. Les tiennes le sont vraiment.
    Je note “highlight” je ne connaissais pas le mot.. merci!


    July 10, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    • Quelle imagination: “toutes ces petites danseuses en tutu”. Quant à la photographie, j’ai pensé souvent que le fond est fondamental.

      Je suis content d’avoir “highlighted” le mot highlight pour toi. En lisant ton blog et d’autres en français, moi aussi je continue à apprendre des mots et des locutions.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 10, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    • Regarde aussi le commentaire de TEXena ci-dessous.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 10, 2013 at 5:08 PM

  3. For the first time, it really is your technique and your tips that are of interest. My Cereus peruvianus put on three buds about a week ago, and last night the first one bloomed. It started opening at 10 p.m. and was fully open about 4 a.m. It’s already started to close.

    How to take a photo of the danged thing was the issue, of course. I finally broke down and dug out my camera’s instruction manual. (There’s a concept…!) Now that I’ve got aperture and shutter speed sorted out in my mind, and have figured out how to set them manually, I may do better with the next two buds. Back to the instruction manual!


    July 10, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    • There’s a longstanding initialism that I’ll alter somewhat for the sake of decorum: RTDM, read the darned manual. I’m often unhappy with the way manuals are written (especially when translated from another language), but I still read them and learn from them. Your reference to aperture and shutter speed reminds me of the day in 1969 when I got my first real camera, a Pentax Spotmatic, and I still remember sitting with it and the manual and learning those same things.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 10, 2013 at 8:59 AM

  4. Stunning!


    July 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM

  5. “Little dancers in tutus”? Rather— in their billowing stark white skirts and high, stiff hats— a host of Sufi whirling dervishes!


    July 10, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    • Two different metaphors of dancers from one photograph: that’s a first for me. And note how egalitarian: one female, the other male.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 10, 2013 at 5:07 PM

  6. Your work is always so enjoyable! The photo is stunning! Great shot! Cheers!


    July 10, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    • Thanks from one Steve to another. Because of the white flowers against the dark background, this picture seems particularly pristine to me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 10, 2013 at 8:28 PM

  7. Une armée toute en délicatesse. J’aime beaucoup.


    July 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    • Si nous combinons les commentaires des deux françaises, ça nous donne une armée délicate de danceuses en tutu.

      Le mot délicatesse me rappelle ces vers de Rimbaud:

      Oisive jeunesse
      À tout asservie,
      Par délicatesse
      J’ai perdu ma vie.
      Ah! que le temps vienne
      Où les cœurs s’éprennent.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

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