Perspectives on Nature Photography
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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
Posted in nature photography
Tagged with Austin, flowers, nature, Texas, wildflowers
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Violet-blue curls, and trios ALWAYS look good.
February 19, 2016 at 5:37 AM
So for you trios make it through the triage to emerge number one.
February 19, 2016 at 6:05 AM
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.)
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
Botanists have been longing for device that they can touch a plant with to get an identification.
February 19, 2016 at 5:56 PM
That would be a device I would like.
February 19, 2016 at 6:08 PM
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.
February 19, 2016 at 8:32 AM
Blue Curls! Love these 🙂
February 19, 2016 at 9:35 AM
If it’s the case that you love those,
Perhaps it’s ’cause they curl your toes.
But if in dread you stop and stare,
Perhaps it’s ’cause they curl your hair.
February 19, 2016 at 9:57 AM
Wonderful, Steve. I’m meeting a botanist friend of mine for lunch today so I’ll tell this to her 🙂
February 19, 2016 at 10:14 AM
February 19, 2016 at 10:32 AM
Not blue? Then what, ask I?
February 19, 2016 at 10:10 PM
I see the color as violet.
February 20, 2016 at 5:52 AM
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
I’ve learned that there are about 200 species in the genus Phacelia. Do you know which species you’ve planted?
February 20, 2016 at 6:40 PM
I’ll have to grab the seed pack Steve 😀
February 20, 2016 at 10:18 PM
I like the banded background with the nice soft green as a contrast to the purple blue flowers.
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.
February 24, 2016 at 7:14 AM
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.
February 26, 2016 at 1:35 PM
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