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Four-nerve daisy bud beginning to open

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Four-Nerve Daisy Bud Beginning to Open 5165

Very different from a phlox bud is the bud of a four-nerve daisy, Tetraneuris linearifolia. Trying to decide whether downy or pilose best describes it amounts to splitting hairs, but either way, I took this picture of a bud beginning to open on an undeveloped property at the intersection of Old Spicewood Springs Rd. and Spicewood Springs Rd. on March 24th.

A picture last year of this species in this stage led to a comparison with man-made structures called crenels and merlons.

This is the fourth and final post in the current series showing buds. Tomorrow it’s on to something quite different.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 28, 2014 at 6:02 AM

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  1. This is really nice.

  2. Exquisite. D

    Pairodox Farm

    April 28, 2014 at 6:19 AM

    • The background is even natural, too, coming from shaded trees that were a lot darker than this sunlit bud.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 28, 2014 at 6:52 AM

  3. Wundervoll ☼ ☼


    April 28, 2014 at 6:33 AM

  4. practically left me speechless – wow!


    April 28, 2014 at 6:59 AM

  5. Neat. It looks unreal. I like the crenelations. Is there a tiny castle dweller inside the wall?

    Jim in IA

    April 28, 2014 at 7:12 AM

    • I find that getting very close makes lots of things look unreal, or hyperreal—and yet that’s the reality, even if we don’t see normally it with our unaided eyes. I often find dwellers on flowers in the form of insects and spiders, but I don’t recall seeing any on this opening bud, which still doesn’t mean there wasn’t one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 28, 2014 at 7:21 AM

  6. It looks downy. Does it feel downy?


    April 28, 2014 at 7:42 AM

  7. As always, your close-ups are amazing Steven!

    Tina Schell

    April 28, 2014 at 7:49 AM

  8. Amazing!


    April 28, 2014 at 8:15 AM

  9. Excellent shot!


    April 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

  10. What a name Steven, I wonder where that one came from?

    Tropical Flowering Zone

    April 28, 2014 at 11:33 AM

  11. I love this. Stunning Steven.


    April 28, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    • At f/5 and pretty close to my subject, there’s not much depth of field, so I took advantage of that and kept the closest parts of the opening bud in focus.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM

  12. Absolutely stunning. 😀

    Raewyn's Photos

    April 28, 2014 at 3:04 PM

  13. wow!

    lostfunzone (dothob)

    April 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

  14. It looks like the place that Horton heard the Whos! Great shot, textures and detail. Love it.


    April 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM

  15. All four portraits of these buds have been delightful. I can imagine them grouped in a single frame, with the photographer’s signature on the mat.

    Of course, this one could hang alone in the Elisabet Ney, with a little commentary alongside on the similarities in structure between the flower and the museum’s architecture.


    April 29, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    • Those are both good ideas. If I really got going on buds, I could have an awful lot of pictures in a very large frame.

      I’m glad you reminded me of the Ney Museum, because I haven’t been by there yet this year to see how the prairie restoration is doing. Every time I’ve gone, I’ve come away with some good photos.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 29, 2014 at 9:38 AM

  16. I love the details! Really beautiful picture Steve!

    Michael Glover

    April 29, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    • Thanks, Michael. These little daisies are great to photograph at this fuzzy stage—and other stages, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 29, 2014 at 10:32 PM

  17. Just fascinating, and exquisite…. I really should take a picture of my tattoo for you, heh. I know you’d be one of the few who would recognize them as the daisies they are, and not $%! sunflowers. (Not that I don’t love sunflowers, mind you.) You’re tempting me to grow my field, as my aunt says. 🙂


    May 1, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    • I haven’t heard the expression “grow my field.” I’ve been letting nature grow fields for me, and then I take pictures in and of those fields. Okay, I know that’s not what you meant, but that’s what popped into my head. In any case, I’m glad you find this picture fascinating and exquisite.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 1, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      • Well… She’s referring to the “field” on my arm, wink! 🙂 I think she fears it will grow. I think you’ll appreciate this, I don’t know if you can see it… But on a recent hike, I came out of the woods, into a meadow of daisies. I was thrilled. Fortunately my guy has an abundance of patience. (Ah drats, no luck. I’ll change my profile pic so you can see it, it’s great fun.)


        June 13, 2014 at 9:34 AM

        • Good, that picture reveals both kinds of fields. The larger one is clearly growing, but I don’t know about the other one.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

          • The larger one is just magnificent and always growing (on Kennesaw Mt., GA) — but the smaller one has taken a hiatus due to funds and the pain! 10-11 hours of growing; the field’s done… For now. 🙂


            June 13, 2014 at 12:42 PM

  18. gorgeous and intimate!


    May 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

  19. […] species and that might have been an instance of fasciation. If you’d like, you can compare the way a four-nerve daisy bud normally opens. You can also click the fasciation tag below to scroll down through previous posts showing other […]

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