Portraits of Wildflowers

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A velvetleaf mallow flower fully open

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Velvetleaf Mallow Flower 9791

In yesterday’s photograph from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on October 3rd you couldn’t make out the details of a velvetleaf mallow flower, Allowissadula holosericea, in the background behind an opening bud. Now you can. Don’t you like the shadows that all those stamens cast onto one petal?

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 28, 2013 at 6:00 AM

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  1. Truly living up to the blog title, this is a lovely portrait of this richly hued bloom, Steve.

    Steve Gingold

    October 28, 2013 at 6:58 AM

    • Speaking of hues, this is a species whose flowers can be in varying places on the yellow-orange spectrum. I’ll take them all.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 28, 2013 at 7:28 AM

  2. Yes, that shadow really makes this photo an exceptional one. Fantastic clarity and detail


    October 28, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    • I like to think that I carried some of that clarity over from my years of teaching mathematics. As for shadows, there too it’s a tradition of decades for me, but only last night did it dawn on me that I’d never used the WordPress tag “shadows” for any of my photographs in this blog, so I added that tag to this post.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 28, 2013 at 7:31 AM

  3. Beautiful color


    October 28, 2013 at 7:18 AM

  4. In addition to the shadows, I like the sparkling reflections off the left petals. The color of orange is appropriate for halloween and pumpkins.

    Speaking of shadows, this morning I posted a story of two fellows who launched a helium balloon and video camera into the shadow of the Moon during a total eclipse. I think you would enjoy it.

    Thanks for the terrific picture.

    Jim in IA

    October 28, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    • You’re welcome. The shiny surface can make photography of this kind of flower difficult, especially on a sunny day, but the shine this time wasn’t too bad.

      I haven’t seen any pumpkins growing in the wild, but I have seen a native relative called buffalo gourd.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM

  5. Beautiful, Steve, I love the delicate stamen shadows. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a golden mallow flower; they tend to be pink or rose colored here in W. Pa.


    October 28, 2013 at 8:59 AM

  6. This is really beautiful! Loved the color, a lot!


    October 28, 2013 at 10:47 AM

  7. The bokeh is amazing; the colour so rich.

    M. Firpi

    October 28, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    • It’s good of you to take your eyes off the flower to notice all those pale polygons in the background.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 29, 2013 at 6:24 AM

  8. vibrant


    October 29, 2013 at 12:38 AM

  9. Ces ombres et la lumière de la fleur sont fontastiques Steve!


    October 30, 2013 at 5:14 AM

  10. Yes, the shadows are terrific. I also admire the sheen of the petals, rather reminding me of buttercups as they do here.


    October 31, 2013 at 5:52 PM

  11. Amazing, I love the rich colors and how you used the lighting is superb.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    November 5, 2013 at 11:06 PM

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