Portraits of Wildflowers

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High flying

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On October 10th I turned in at 4800 Manor Rd., a place where I’d never taken pictures. It used to be a part of Austin’s Mueller Airport, which shut down in 1999, and I discovered that I could drive out onto sections of the old airport’s parking lot. The paving was mostly still there but plants had reclaimed portions of ground in various places. One recolonizer was poverty weed, Baccharis neglecta, which you see at the lower right. My primary subject here was a luscious stand of goldenrod (Solidago spp.) that I got down beneath to play it off against the day’s wonderfully wispy clouds. I attribute those great clouds to dissipating airplane contrails, a fitting background for a portrait made at a former airport.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman


Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 16, 2016 at 4:24 AM

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  1. It’s rewarding getting down! 🙂 Lovely capture, Steve.


    November 16, 2016 at 4:37 AM

  2. I like the way the clouds extend the line of the central stand of goldenrod, then spiral inward. It’s especially nice with the poverty weed and the rest of the goldenrod pointing mostly leftward, making for an exceptionally lively portrait, with lots of movement frozen in time.


    November 16, 2016 at 7:40 AM

    • As you can imagine, I made many variations of goldenrod and poverty weed against those wonderful clouds. While I’d hoped to play some Liatris flower spikes off against them too, mostly all I could find of that species was some already dried out flower stalks. Still, they worked well too, and like the poverty weed their color was akin to that of the clouds. I could have shown individual pictures of all three plants but I didn’t want viewers to overdose on wispy clouds.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 16, 2016 at 8:56 AM

  3. It’s true~when I looked at the photo I immediately thought of planes going over. Fitting indeed.


    November 16, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    • How perspicacious of you. Imagination is the way to fly.

      Plenty of the places we visited on our trip are apparently beneath primary air lanes, so clouds like these often accompanied us.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 16, 2016 at 9:11 AM

  4. Excellent composition!


    November 16, 2016 at 9:44 AM

  5. Besides a wonderful artist’s eye, you have a poet’s discernment. Love the airport/contrail connection. Margie Roe.

    Margie Roe

    November 16, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    • Thanks, Margie. I’m happy to be considered an artist and poet at the same time. Connections are fun, aren’t they?

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 16, 2016 at 5:05 PM

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