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Blue-eyed grass bud

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Blue-Eyed Grass Bud by Flower 7176

Do you remember the picture of blue-eyed grass flowers a month ago? Now, going backward in development, here’s the bud of a Sisyrinchium on undeveloped land at the intersection of McCallen Pass and E. Parmer Ln. on April 3rd.

This is the second in a four-part series showing buds.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 26, 2014 at 5:58 AM

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  1. Steven, beautiful as always – I like this very much. Carina

  2. Beautiful shot!

    photoleaper

    April 26, 2014 at 6:57 AM

  3. Gorgeous shot, Steve.

    oneowner

    April 26, 2014 at 7:13 AM

  4. A very fine photo.

    Gallivanta

    April 26, 2014 at 7:56 AM

  5. Beautiful – love the sort of ‘halo effect’ you’ve created by lining up the bud with the blue (another flower?) in the background.

    Journey Photographic

    April 26, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    • The color in the background comes from blue-eyed grass flowers that have already opened. I’ve often found myself playing off one stage of a plant against another.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 26, 2014 at 9:44 AM

  6. Nothing but potential…

    Dawn

    April 26, 2014 at 8:27 AM

  7. Ah, that image is so rich and full of promise! Well done!

    • Like the potential that Dawn saw, you see promise. Although I didn’t say so in my text, the purple glow in the background fulfills that promise.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM

  8. Another in a very long series of Schwartzman classics. I’ve pointed out before that you have a talent for composition which is mindful of what’s going on behind the subject. I guess I am guilty of composing in in a flat field while you are always keenly aware of that all-important third dimension. I hope to learn by example. D

    Pairodox Farm

    April 26, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    • Thanks for the encomium, Dave. Yes, when I do closeups I’m very conscious of what’s farther away, and I try out different positions and angles as I look for the ones that will provide the best backgrounds. Sometimes that means I have to get into uncomfortable positions, but it’s worth it to get a good picture.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      • Absolutely … the proof is clearly in the proverbial pudding. D

        Pairodox Farm

        April 26, 2014 at 6:17 PM

        • That’s an interesting proverb. I seem to recall that the original was “the proof is in the tasting of the pudding,” which makes more sense. I think something important has been lost in the shortened version that we almost always hear now.

          Steve Schwartzman

          April 26, 2014 at 6:29 PM

  9. What a classy image!

    montucky

    April 26, 2014 at 4:41 PM

  10. Wow!

    composerinthegarden

    April 27, 2014 at 7:29 AM

  11. Such clever use of selective focus and shallow DOF.

    LensScaper

    April 27, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    • Thanks for appreciating that. The low light largely dictated it, but I liked how it came out.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 27, 2014 at 4:19 PM

  12. So dainty, rolled up like that!

    kathryningrid

    April 28, 2014 at 12:23 AM


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