Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

A study in yellow and green

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Goldeneye Bud by Flower Head 6254

The green in the title refers to the buds of Viguiera dentata, a shrub in the sunflower family that’s called goldeneye, some yellow flower heads of which light up the background of this photograph.

I took this picture on October 10th along Loop 360 in southwest Austin.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 11, 2014 at 5:34 AM

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  1. Lovely…as always.


    November 11, 2014 at 5:56 AM

  2. gorgeous photo!

    Constance - Foreign Sanctuary

    November 11, 2014 at 7:00 AM

  3. Very artistic, Steve.


    November 11, 2014 at 9:25 AM

  4. Stunning. 😀

    Raewyn's Photos

    November 11, 2014 at 1:46 PM

  5. This is a fine bud and bloom composition, Steve. The flowers offer so much warmth to the coolness of the buds.

    Steve Gingold

    November 11, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    • I like your alliteration in “bud and bloom.” Maybe someone will open the Bud and Bloom Bed and Breakfast.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 11, 2014 at 4:43 PM

  6. I can’t remember another of your photos where I felt so close to the subject. Looking at this, I feel like I’m the one about two inches away from it. I can’t quite figure out what makes it seem to “pop” so, but I do think the gaps in the yellow petals behind it help. They give more depth to the photo than a solid yellow background would. Just lovely!


    November 12, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    • It’s interesting how the curves at the periphery and their intimation of delineation (what a phrase) rather than a uniformity of yellow in the background make you feel closer to the buds than you might otherwise feel. Let’s call it the framing effect.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 12, 2014 at 10:26 AM

  7. The detail is stunning…Love the deft artistic touch to the image.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    November 12, 2014 at 5:14 PM

  8. An amazing study. nice composed 🙂


    November 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM

  9. Dazzling! 😀


    November 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM

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