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A pink evening primrose bud beginning to open

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Pink Evening Primrose Bud Beginning to Open 1362

Behold an Oenothera speciosa bud beginning to open on April 15th in the northeast quadrant of Mopac and US 183.

© Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 11, 2016 at 5:14 AM

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  1. Watching flowers progress through unfurling is always a treat…if you can be there the whole time as it opens. Some are quicker than others. The sepal remind me of a piece of candy.

    Steve Gingold

    May 11, 2016 at 5:29 AM

    • Now I see it: a piece of hard candy—unless it’s a piece of taffy.
      I know what you mean about watching a flower open. Some open quickly enough that I’ve seen a change in the minutes that I’m there taking pictures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 11, 2016 at 6:26 AM

  2. Magnífica imagen.

  3. Looks as though with a few twirls and an unfolding of skirts, Primrose will be ready for the ball.


    May 11, 2016 at 6:12 AM

    • I’ll skirt the metaphor and say that you have a good imagination.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 11, 2016 at 6:29 AM

      • The primrose, even this one, lends itself to fantasy and imaginings and dalliance, according to Shakespeare. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primrose_path And, of course, one can dally with all the possibilities of the origins of the ‘prim/prime’ in primrose.


        May 11, 2016 at 6:44 AM

        • I appreciate your daily dally as a way of keeping in your prime, if not always prim and proper. Over here at this prime time of the year the pink evening primrose path can be a difficult one to follow if your goal is to keep from stepping on any of the flowers, akin to tiptoeing through the tulips in Holland.

          Steve Schwartzman

          May 11, 2016 at 6:55 AM

  4. beautiful


    May 11, 2016 at 6:14 AM

  5. The flower is lovely, and the background is intriguing. I can’t remember seeing this color before in one of your posts. It certainly is the first time I’ve hypothesized “billboard” when trying to figure out what you were shooting against.

    i’ve a primrose photo in my files that’s almost identical in composition, though not in details. I assumed it was a fading bloom, but now I’m not sure whether it was coming or going. I have that same problem myself, from time to time.


    May 11, 2016 at 6:53 AM

    • Don’t we all, from time to time. You’ve reminded me of “In the room the women come and go / Talking of Michelangelo.”

      Bill me not for any space on a billboard. Even before you brought this up I was trying to remember what the background was, and I thought of mentioning the “shoot horizontally” approach in “About My Techniques.” I expect I aimed toward a stand of dry grasses far enough away that they left their color without a trace of any details. In a few of the other pictures of the unfurling bud the tan background isn’t as uniform and includes traces of light grey. In a couple of frames there’s a darker and slightly sloping band across the very top. Whatever the background was, I like the change from my usual ones.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 11, 2016 at 7:20 AM

  6. Gorgeous Steve 😃


    May 14, 2016 at 2:28 PM

  7. Another beautiful masterpiece from you, Steve. THANKS!


    May 20, 2016 at 2:49 PM

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