Portraits of Wildflowers

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A bent for dry seed heads

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Dry Goldenrod Seed Head by Pond 3551

If the last blue you saw was clearly clear sky, the ripples on this more-subdued blue tell you you’re looking down toward water, and what I’ll further tell you is that it’s the Riata Trace Pond on March 11th. The remains of this tall goldenrod plant, Solidago altissima, caught my attention because of the prominent bend in its long, bare stalk.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 26, 2014 at 6:03 AM

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  1. The ripples are very subtle.

    Jim in IA

    March 26, 2014 at 7:50 AM

  2. But look how that single dried flower sends the eye upward again, paralleling the unbent portion of the stalk. The photo’s as thought-provoking as it is attractive.


    March 26, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    • That recalcitrant little flower stalk at the top caught my attention too. The path that it makes in conjunction with the curved stalk below it reminded me of the Z-for-Zorro of the television show I watched as a kid. (That says something about the persistence, if not the value, of certain old memories.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 26, 2014 at 8:17 AM

  3. Great angle on that goldenrod that survived the winter. Very beautiful shot against the water.


    March 26, 2014 at 2:03 PM

  4. these are so good.


    March 26, 2014 at 7:33 PM

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