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Firewheel abstraction

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Firewheel Edge-On by Bluebonnet 4159

There he goes again with his abstractions…

The wildflower that botanists know as Gaillardia pulchella has the popular names firewheel, blanketflower (or blanket flower), and Indian blanket. I photographed this firewheel flower head close and edge-on and with a wide aperture of f/4.5 so that at most the tips of a few rays would be in focus. The bluish-purple in the background came from some bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis. Except for a few lingering strays, they’re long gone in central Texas now, but firewheels are still (Indian-)blanketing parts of the land here. Today’s colorful view is from April 21st at the intersection of Blackjack and Rio Vista Cove east of Lockhart, a town nearly an hour south of my home in Austin.

In a banal comparison suggested by childhood memories, this firewheel might pass for floral candy corn.

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 4, 2015 at 5:28 AM

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