Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Six years

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Six years ago today I uploaded the first post of now almost 2300 in Portraits of Wildflowers. You might say that tentative entry was like the little fern shown above getting a foothold in the vertical strata along the trail we trekked to New Zealand’s Franz Josef Glacier on February 20th this year.

Those strata, which hadn’t always gotten turned 90°, proved so visually appealing that I took many photographs of them. Below is another one. The pink in both cases is from small lichens. Call these formations waterfalls in stone and you’ll have come up with an apt metaphor.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 4, 2017 at 4:53 AM

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  1. Congratulations, Steve! That is some going! Great images as always! 🙂

    Pete Hillman

    June 4, 2017 at 5:52 AM

    • Thanks, Pete. I’m in the second week of a trip through the north-central part of the United States and will have plenty more pictures to show.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2017 at 8:16 AM

  2. Congratulations on six years Steve!


    June 4, 2017 at 6:27 AM

    • Six is a good number. The Greeks considered it a perfect number because it is the sum of all its proper divisors: 1 + 2 + 3 = 6. Another curious property is that 1 + 2 + 3 = 1 x 2 x 3.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2017 at 8:19 AM

  3. Congratulations, Steve, to the six years of blogging, and thanks for all those wondeerful pictures. 🙂 It’s always been a joy to follow you.
    Have a wonderful Sunday,


    June 4, 2017 at 6:42 AM

    • Thanks, Pit, and greetings from Denver on this Sunday morning. On this trip, in addition to deer we’ve seen bison and mountain goats.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2017 at 8:22 AM

      • It’s a long time that I saw bison just outside of Denver. That was in the winter of 2000/2001. And mountain goats in the summer of 2003, on Mount Evans.


        June 4, 2017 at 9:49 AM

        • We saw the bison and mountain goats in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. We haven’t yet been out in the Denver area, having arrived late yesterday.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 4, 2017 at 10:49 AM

  4. Thanks for the wonderful pic as well as the education. it is truly appreciated.

    Mike Bizeau

    June 4, 2017 at 7:39 AM

  5. “Waterfalls in stone” is memorable. Beautiful shot, stone as a rich fabric.

    Robert Parker Teel

    June 4, 2017 at 7:58 AM

    • Thanks for expanding the metaphor to stone as a fabric. I’ve seen lots of those rich fabrics on my current trip through the north-central part of the country.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2017 at 8:27 AM

  6. That first photo is perfectly evocative. The little fern brings back feelings that accompanied putting up my own first posts. Your posts and archives certainly have served me well in the past, providing beauty, information, and inspiration, and I’m looking forward to what the future brings.

    As for metaphors, the second photo suggested carded wool — smooth and ready for use on the left, but still with some of those green “imperfections” to be carded out on the right.


    June 4, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    • You were ahead of me in the little fern venture. Persistence, persistence, persistence, on both our parts. You’ve done so well in attracting readers and turning them into loyal fans.

      Wool is an appropriate metaphor for these pictures from New Zealand, which has several times as many sheep as people.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2017 at 8:34 AM

  7. It fascinates me when rock reveals its fluid past, when something so solid and permanent in appearance is in fact only temporary. You’ve captured it beautifully.


    June 4, 2017 at 8:50 AM

  8. Bravo!

    Susan Scheid

    June 4, 2017 at 9:59 AM

  9. Congratulations Steve – I love seeing the photos – they are a delight … cheers Hilary


    June 4, 2017 at 11:38 AM

  10. Lichens! That detail confirms why I prefer to work from life; it’s often hard to clarify exactly what one is drawing or painting, unless it’s up close in real life. Your posts always provide amazing scientific clarity as well as beauty.

    That petite little fern could represent so many facets of human characteristics… strength of character, hope, endurance, perseverance, bashful/shy – even destiny!

    • Hey, I thought about you today when we spent hours and hours at the Denver Art Museum. It has great pre-Columbian and Colonial exhibits from Central America and the Andes. You’d be in heaven in that museum. They’d have to pry you out at closing time.

      I’m glad you took my fern metaphor and ran with it. I’m also pleased that you value the information accompanying the photographs.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2017 at 11:51 PM

      • “They’d have to pry you out at closing time.”
        I once stated to a man who restored artifacts for the museum system, “I wish I could get locked in the museum after closing hours so I could study my favorite pieces all night without distractions.” He smiled and said, “I can probably help that happen for you…:
        Because of that conversation, yes, I now know what it’s like to be in the museum after closing hours – all night in blissful solitude – aside from a respectful guard making his rounds!

        That’s great that you had a great museum experience – there were surely some stunning artifacts….

        • Yes, and most of the ancient and old stuff is much better than most of the contemporary stuff!

          It’s good that you were able to spend time in the museum after closing. That’s an experience most of us will never have.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 6, 2017 at 12:32 AM

  11. Congratulations, you’re providing a service by archiving your universe of wildflowers. Well done.


    June 4, 2017 at 12:35 PM

  12. Steve, congratulations! Your photos have brought me daily doses of beauty and I thank you for sharing your unique view of nature.


    June 4, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    • Thanks, Lynn. The doses aren’t always daily anymore, but I’ll grant they’re often unique. Let’s hear it for uniquity!

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 4, 2017 at 11:54 PM

  13. It has been a good six years! Keep it up!


    June 4, 2017 at 8:16 PM

  14. Congrats on your milestone


    June 4, 2017 at 8:19 PM

  15. Congratulations on your 6 years! Fabulous .. and lucky us 😀


    June 9, 2017 at 11:44 PM

  16. Wow, that’s amazing. I’ll have to show my husband who is a ‘rock nut’. (I am too, but not as much as he is!) Congrats on your blogiversary. I first started blogging in 2004 but not on my current blog, obviously! I was following your blog years ago – but hadn’t realised it was soon after you started it. Glad I returned, you’re such a good photographer.


    June 23, 2017 at 5:55 AM

    • Thanks, Val, and welcome back. Your start in 2004 was way ahead of mine. I remember my early days, when almost no one looked at what I was posting. Once I got started I posted for five years without skipping a day. Since then I’ve relented and don’t always put out a post every day, especially when I’m traveling.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 23, 2017 at 8:07 AM

      • It can take ages before people read a new blog. I was talking to myself in my first one for months but then I thought to tell a couple of bloggers I knew from elsewere to read it and, as is usually the way, that then got the blog noticed via the comments section. In the past I’d tried posting daily but found it too exhausting and it really not necessary – when people like your posts, they return even if you’ve been away from the blog for a long time. I’m glad you do post when you can though.


        June 24, 2017 at 6:27 AM

        • I take a lot of nature photographs. So many have accumulated and keep accumulating that it seems a shame not to show them. That led me to a high frequency of posting. As you say, though, it takes a lot of work.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 24, 2017 at 7:10 AM

  17. PS. I just showed him and he said “Pink Feldspar not Lichen” but I think it’s more likely Lichen. 🙂


    June 23, 2017 at 5:59 AM

  18. Just catching up with you, Steve. Congratulations on year 6! Your photos never disappoint!

    Lavinia Ross

    July 10, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    • Thanks for your good wishes, Lavinia. I’m glad to hear you’re never disappointed with these posts—more than 2300 of them now!

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 10, 2017 at 11:39 AM

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