Portraits of Wildflowers

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Backlit purple-fringed white anemone seen from below

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Anemone decapetala north of Old Lampasas trail on March 3.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 27, 2016 at 5:08 AM

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  1. Lovely. The dark background and back-lighting really makes this glow.

    Steve Gingold

    March 27, 2016 at 5:16 AM

  2. It is glowing and I love the purple fringe ..


    March 27, 2016 at 6:16 AM

    • These anemones vary in color from purple to white, and here the fringe of a white anemone offers a hint of the opposite extreme.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 27, 2016 at 7:07 AM

  3. I’m speechless. Having spent some time trying to photograph one of these gems yesterday, the thought that you were able to shoot from below is astonishing. Perhaps the stems increase in length as they mature. The ones I found were only three or four inches tall. Of course, even if this one was a foot tall, it’s still quite a photo. That blue stem is a remarkable touch.


    March 27, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    • According to Marshall Enquist, anemone flower stalks can grow to 15 inches. I think this one was no more than half that, so while I lay on my mat on the ground, as usual, I distinctly remember struggling to get low enough for decent pictures. I ended up taking a selective-focus approach, focusing on the uppermost sepal and living with the fact that parts of the flower farther from the lens wouldn’t be sharp. In some of the other 15 photographs I ended up with I see that the flower stalk had sunlight on it, but here the glaucous stalk left most of the attention on the flower.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 27, 2016 at 7:50 AM

  4. Very nice Steve. Love the composition from the back!

    Reed Andariese

    March 27, 2016 at 5:14 PM

  5. Divine!

  6. Gorgeous!


    March 27, 2016 at 7:45 PM

  7. This is one of those beautifully lit shots that seems almost spiritual, Steve. Perfect! It lifted my mood after saying goodbye to my 16 year old dog for the last time today. Thank you.


    March 30, 2016 at 9:10 AM

    • You’re most welcome, Jane. I’m sorry for your loss but glad that this image brought you some solace.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 30, 2016 at 9:43 AM

  8. […] the flowers of Anemone decapetala that you saw here in January and March? Now you get to look at a later stage in which a seed core has loosened up and is beginning to […]

  9. It looks gorgeous, Steve!


    February 1, 2019 at 9:17 AM

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