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Phlox bud

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Red Phlox Bud 4729

You recently saw some landscape photographs of fields covered with dense wildflowers, among which were prominent stands of magenta phlox. Phlox comes in various colors, including bright red, as you see here. I took this closeup in Austin’s Zilker Botanical Gardens on March 24.

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

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 27, 2014 at 6:01 AM

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  1. Beautiful ❤


    April 27, 2014 at 6:07 AM

  2. Beautiful, as are the Zilker Gardens it would seem.


    April 27, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    • I don’t often go there, because for my purposes there are only a couple of relatively small sections that have native plants. It was in one of those that I found this phlox growing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 27, 2014 at 6:35 AM

  3. I dug up some phlox growing wild and transplanted them behind my house. They like it here. They are slowly growing and are about 6″ tall now.

    Jim in IA

    April 27, 2014 at 6:53 AM

  4. An extraordinary image, Steve – evocative, every element just right. We are just moving into some bloom here, but I’m still cleaning ice out of the birdbaths most mornings.


    April 27, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    • I like your word: evocative. Thanks.

      Wow: ice in your birdbaths at the end of April. By contrast, it got up to 90° here today, and after being outdoors for six hours I feel it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 27, 2014 at 4:22 PM

  5. I love those spring buds.


    April 27, 2014 at 8:06 AM

  6. Beauty!


    April 27, 2014 at 9:59 AM

  7. Superb composition.


    April 27, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    • This was another instance of low light. I couldn’t get both the bud and flower in focus at the same time, so I went for the bud.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 27, 2014 at 4:24 PM

  8. I loved this composition! Everything about it.


    April 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM

  9. Beautiful. 😀 ❤

    Raewyn's Photos

    April 27, 2014 at 2:31 PM

  10. That’s another gorgeous photo!


    April 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM

  11. I like the contrast between the satiny petals and their hairy base. Odd, yet attractive.


    April 28, 2014 at 12:25 AM

  12. So perfect Steve, I wish I could do pictures like you!


    April 28, 2014 at 5:32 AM

    • Merci, Chantal. You can do pictures like this too if you use a macro lens—and if you’re willing to get down on the ground (which isn’t always fun).

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 28, 2014 at 6:25 AM

  13. What a little beauty – this sweet bud.

    Mary Mageau

    April 28, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    • Another good thing is that this wildflower is quite common in central Texas and can be found flowering for much of the year.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 28, 2014 at 8:03 PM

  14. sweet photo
    of a sweet flower


    May 3, 2014 at 10:31 AM

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