Portraits of Wildflowers

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Yet another winter wildflower

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Bush Sunflower Flower Head 1258

Again from the west side of Great Northern Blvd. on December 23, here’s some wintry cheer incarnate in the flower head of a bush sunflower, Simsia calva.* The blue that partly countervailed the sunlit yellow came from small patches of sky that appeared through the shadowed foliage when I got low and aimed somewhat upward.


* This doesn’t look like what I think of as a typical Simsia calva flower head, but I found it in a place where I’ve found the species for several years, and the plant’s leaves did look the way I expect bush sunflower leaves to look. Oh well, I’ve always said I’m much more a photographer than a botanist.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 7, 2016 at 4:59 AM

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  1. Very cheerful even for those of us not in winter.


    January 7, 2016 at 5:03 AM

    • We haven’t yet had a freeze over here, so you’d almost think we’re not in winter either.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2016 at 7:24 AM

  2. Even on the gloomiest days, sunflowers shine. I especially like the darker blue surrounding the flower. It adds a touch of elegance and mystery to the image.


    January 7, 2016 at 6:30 AM

    • Elegance and mystery are fine by me. The sunshiny flower head is especially welcome in this morning’s gloom.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2016 at 7:28 AM

  3. A bright spot of color much appreciated here on a January morning!


    January 7, 2016 at 8:24 AM

  4. As always, yellow and blue complement each other very well…and, as always, you have complimented both very well.

    Steve Gingold

    January 7, 2016 at 4:01 PM

  5. Gorgeous image, I love the wonderful deep, rich, yellow color, and the amazing detail…This is a wonderful addition to the day.

    Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    January 7, 2016 at 4:50 PM

    • As a former math teacher, I’m glad to hear about “wonderful addition.” Yellow could well be my favorite color.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2016 at 7:16 PM

  6. Beautiful! I can’t get over your winters down there!


    January 7, 2016 at 10:38 PM

  7. What a pretty flower and you have shot it so good. The blue in the background is very interesting.


    January 8, 2016 at 4:46 AM

  8. Lovely Steve .. A cheerful start to my day 😊


    January 9, 2016 at 1:44 PM

    • Buenos días, which is to say Good morning. Over here it’s a cool, breezy, and overcast winter afternoon.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 9, 2016 at 4:04 PM

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