Perspectives on Nature Photography
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When I stopped along TX 29 a little east of Llano on April 7th I found a flowering colony of bladderpods (Lesquerella spp.). If you feel like calling this an apotheosis of yellow you’ll get no argument from me.
© 2015 Steven Schwartzman
Written by Steve Schwartzman
April 28, 2015 at 5:14 AM
Posted in nature photography
Tagged with flowers, macro, Texas, Texas Hill Country, wildflowers, yellow
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I bow before its magnificence.
April 28, 2015 at 5:25 AM
Now if only the common name were equally magnificent.
April 28, 2015 at 5:51 AM
Yes, it’s rather base.
April 28, 2015 at 5:54 AM
Agreed: if you’re going to abase yourself, you should be able to do so before something with a name that’s more like a god than a bladderpod.
April 28, 2015 at 6:14 AM
April 28, 2015 at 10:33 PM
I wondered about its name, but see that the pods it produces are why it is a bladderpod. Wonderful yellow! My immediate thought at seeing the picture was rapeseed as we have lots of golden fields at the moment.
April 28, 2015 at 7:13 AM
I’ve seen pictures but have never seen those flowering fields in person:
April 28, 2015 at 7:30 AM
April 28, 2015 at 8:14 AM
Such a sweet flower, set against the brown.
April 28, 2015 at 9:59 AM
We have a similar sensibility here, because I was also taken with the brown background that heightens the yellow of the flowers.
April 28, 2015 at 10:02 AM
April 28, 2015 at 3:40 PM
About as yellow as yellow can be.
April 28, 2015 at 4:11 PM
Gorgeous photo. I just love it
Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós
April 28, 2015 at 4:25 PM
We have a city in Texas called Amarillo, but it’s over 500 km northwest of the place where I found these very yellow flowers.
April 28, 2015 at 4:43 PM
You really captured such gorgeous, bold, spring color…Such a wonderful tone to set on a Monday.
And very much in contrast to the cool, grey, breezy Monday we’re having in Austin.
April 28, 2015 at 4:44 PM
Not all bladders are human based. We see a lot of bladderworts here in ponds. None of them are in a class with the bladderpod when it comes to petal beauty.
April 28, 2015 at 7:55 PM
I remember the possibly spent bladderworts in your post at
but you don’t seem to have posted a picture of any fresh flowers. Even if their petals don’t compare to those of the Texas bladderpods, if you have a good photograph of a bladderwort flower perhaps you’ll post it.
April 28, 2015 at 8:04 PM
Just remedied… https://sggphoto.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/04-29-2015-common-bladderwort-with-companion/
April 29, 2015 at 4:52 AM
April 28, 2015 at 10:18 PM
My sentiments too.
April 29, 2015 at 7:14 AM
Well, you inspired me to look up ‘apotheosis’ :-D.
A beautiful shot of Sunshine! ☀️
April 29, 2015 at 7:27 AM
“A beautiful shot of sunshine” is a great way to put it. Thanks for that description.
As for apotheosis, happy vocabulary to you.
April 29, 2015 at 7:58 AM
I think I remember a bit of folk wisdom about these:
Brown and yellow speak a hello;
Green and yellow delight a fellow.
It was something like that…
May 2, 2015 at 9:07 PM
I’ll volunteer to be that fellow and be told hello.
May 2, 2015 at 9:25 PM
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