Perspectives on Nature Photography
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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
Posted in nature photography
Tagged with Austin, buds, flower, nature, pink, Texas, wildflowers
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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.
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.
May 11, 2016 at 6:26 AM
Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós
May 11, 2016 at 5:48 AM
Y bastante sencilla a la vez.
May 11, 2016 at 6:27 AM
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.
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.
May 11, 2016 at 6:55 AM
May 11, 2016 at 6:14 AM
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.
May 11, 2016 at 7:20 AM
Gorgeous Steve 😃
May 14, 2016 at 2:28 PM
Svelte at this stage, though soon to open wide.
May 14, 2016 at 10:46 PM
Another beautiful masterpiece from you, Steve. THANKS!
May 20, 2016 at 2:49 PM
You’re most welcome. I’ll have a variation on this theme coming up in a few days.
May 20, 2016 at 3:21 PM
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