Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Red, white, and blue from me to you

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Standing Cypress Flowers with Clouds 6225

Here’s your dose of red, white, and blue for this Fourth of July, which is Independence Day in the United States.

When I visited Tejas Camp in Williamson County on May 14th I found exactly one Ipomopsis rubra flowering. Other plants of the species were there, but only this one had matured enough to blossom. Common names for the species are standing cypress and Texas plume, both of which make reference to the plant’s feathery (i.e. finely dissected) leaves, a few of which you can glimpse in the lower portion of the photograph.

(By the way: if yesterday’s second post perplexed you, it perplexed me too. I was away from home and using the WordPress app on an iPhone to answer a comment, but somehow my reply went out as a post instead. Mea culpa.)

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 4, 2014 at 5:58 AM

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  1. Beautiful shot and so appropriate for today. It’s amazing how my mind can see the flag with the simple juxtaposition of these three colors.

    Mike Powell

    July 4, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    • Context is a powerful thing, isn’t it? And a good imagination adds to the mix. Happy juxtaposition to you.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 4, 2014 at 7:41 AM

  2. Nice….it makes me feel quite small. Enjoy your 4th, Steve.

    Steve Gingold

    July 4, 2014 at 6:06 AM

  3. It’s beautiful and perfect for today’s post! Have a happy 4th weekend! z

    • Thanks, Z. We’ve crossed into July now, so I’ll have a happy 1st weekend on this 4th weekend.

      I originally planned to post this picture not long after I took it, but I realized it would be especially good for this occasion, so I held on to it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 4, 2014 at 8:03 AM

  4. Prefect 4th photo! !

    Midwestern Plant Girl

    July 4, 2014 at 8:06 AM

  5. Beautiful way to start a special day!

    Marcia Levy

    July 4, 2014 at 8:19 AM

  6. What a beautiful combination of red, white and blue. It was worth saving for today. It’s a photo that “pops” as much as any firecracker.


    July 4, 2014 at 9:04 AM

  7. Thanks for this Fourth gift and all your daily gifts. Margie Roe

    Margie Roe

    July 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM

  8. Sent from my iPhone


    Esther Wilson

    July 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

  9. […] out Steve Schwartzman’s Portraits of Wildflowers post for another dose of patriotic colors! (For anone interested in technical details and trivia […]

  10. Gorgeous, Steve!


    July 4, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    • These stalks, which grow erect and surprisingly rigid, produce flowers that are magnets for hummingbirds and nature photographers like me.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 4, 2014 at 10:50 PM

  11. That is really magnificent, and so appropriate for the 4th of July.

    • This is one of our majestic wildflowers, all right, and one that stands up tall for the Fourth of July (and on other days too).

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 5, 2014 at 7:46 PM

  12. […] the Fourth of July four years ago and two years ago I showed photographs with red, white, and blue in them. This year the blue blew […]

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