Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Wild garlic buds opening

with 25 comments

Allium drummondii between Arboretum Blvd. and Loop 360 on March 14.

Point 4 in About My Techniques is relevant to today’s photograph.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 25, 2017 at 5:04 AM

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  1. this is beautiful, steve –


    March 25, 2017 at 5:36 AM

  2. yes, beautiful! and an excellent choice of focus point!

    lostfunzone (dothob)

    March 25, 2017 at 5:57 AM

    • I don’t normally let the element of my subject that’s closest to the camera go out of focus. In this case, not wanting the harshness of flash, I decided to focus a bit farther away to maximize the number of in-focus details.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 25, 2017 at 7:15 AM

  3. Beautiful! It will be months till our Wild Garlic blooms. Thanks for sending a touch of warmth.

    Ed Lehming Photography

    March 25, 2017 at 7:17 AM

  4. Beautiful shot, Steve.


    March 25, 2017 at 7:30 AM

  5. A lovely image of spring’s birth…


    March 25, 2017 at 7:45 AM

  6. The soft magenta blending into the creamy white is lovely. Do people harvest these for the garlic or do they not really form a good bulb?

    Steve Gingold

    March 25, 2017 at 10:38 AM

  7. Beautifully done.

    Sherry Felix

    March 25, 2017 at 2:04 PM

  8. that’s the type of focus that prompts me to paint studies of flowers… Just one single stalk; I focus and break it down in a split second, dip my brush in water and start painting… about an hour later I emerge from my trance and wonder, ‘how did i do that?’

    thanks for providing a mental exercise.. in my mind it’s been painted!

    • I’ll take your word for it, and I’m glad for your mental act, though I have no idea how painters do what they do, whether in the imagination or with real paint. I wish I did.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 25, 2017 at 7:16 PM

  9. This is the first year I’ve noticed the translucent sheath on some of the plants: wild onions and iris come to mind. I suspect my macro lens is primarily responsible. I do like the way you’ve focused this image. It seems to me to highlight the delicate strength of the sheath, and the mystery of what it still contains.


    March 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM

    • A macro lens peers into worlds we don’t normally see. Once we’ve glimpsed them, we don’t want to stop visiting. That seems to be what you’re experiencing now.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 26, 2017 at 8:48 AM

  10. So delicate.. love the purple


    March 28, 2017 at 8:05 PM

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