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Blue Curls Flower 5310

Blue curls (Phacelia congesta) along Great Northern Blvd. on February 16. Not blue, say I.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 19, 2016 at 5:09 AM

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  1. Violet-blue curls, and trios ALWAYS look good.


    February 19, 2016 at 5:37 AM

  2. My recently emerged phacelia send greetings to yours. Mine are not congesta, although they do live in a congested environment.


    February 19, 2016 at 6:45 AM

    • Then we both have a facility for Phacelia. What non-congested-but-in-a-congested-environment species do you have? (I see online that there are some 200 species in the genus.)

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 19, 2016 at 6:54 AM

      • I don’t know! I bought a packet of seed, broadcasted the seed, and threw out the packet. 😦


        February 19, 2016 at 5:22 PM

  3. I’m especially fond of the way the light makes the center buds the center of attention. It turns the photo into not only a celebration of the flowers that are, but also of those yet to come.


    February 19, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    • The end of your comment reminds me of the end of Yeats’s “Sailing to Byzantium”:


      Serendipity is what I’ll have to call those lit-up center buds. In contrast, the green band running the length of the background was intentional: I lay on the ground and contorted myself into a position from which the flowers lined up with that horizontal strip of color. In the crop shown here I reduced the top but left plenty of space at the left and right to emphasize the horizontality of the image.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 19, 2016 at 8:32 AM

  4. Blue Curls! Love these 🙂


    February 19, 2016 at 9:35 AM

  5. Not blue? Then what, ask I?


    February 19, 2016 at 10:10 PM

  6. Hey Steve … I love phacelia such a wonderful plant to have in the garden. The bees also love it! I have used it as a cover crop before


    February 20, 2016 at 6:09 PM

  7. I like the banded background with the nice soft green as a contrast to the purple blue flowers.

    Steve Gingold

    February 24, 2016 at 3:48 AM

    • Yeah, that band of vegetation conveniently far enough away to be well out of focus served me well here, and I cropped a little to emphasize the horizontality that the band inherently conveyed.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 24, 2016 at 7:14 AM

  8. Lovely blooms and a beautiful composition.


    February 26, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    • Thanks. The composition against that horizontal band was something new for me with this species.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 26, 2016 at 1:35 PM

  9. It’s so pretty! It reminds me of the Fiddlenecks the way it grows and curls.


    April 26, 2023 at 10:21 AM

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