Portraits of Wildflowers

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Western wild rose

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How about this flower I found on a western wild rose bush (Rosa woodsii) near the top of Scott’s Bluff National Monument in far western Nebraska on May 29th?

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 22, 2017 at 4:51 AM

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  1. Woot! Nebraska… my old stomping grounds! I do not remember wild rose having such saturated color… that’s a beauty!


    July 22, 2017 at 6:29 AM

    • Yes, your old stomping grounds, and my new. Before going there, I’d been in 46 states; Nebraska was my 47th (and South Dakota the 48th). Until this trip, I hadn’t realized that the Nebraska panhandle is the beginning of the West.

      The rose bush was several feet tall and had plenty of flowers on it. The lighting on this flower was just right, too.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 22, 2017 at 7:16 AM

    • By the way, in case you missed the five previous posts about Nebraska, you can find them at


      More are forthcoming over the next few weeks.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 22, 2017 at 9:27 AM

  2. No pale wallflower this. As it happens I am currently working on two native rose paintings.


    July 22, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    • A doubly happy coincidence. Twice we’ll look forward to seeing how a rose arose in your paintings.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 22, 2017 at 9:23 AM

  3. I don’t think I’ve seen one of our native Texas roses. Most of them seem to be north and east of here, leaving us with the invasive and highly obnoxious (although very pretty) Macartney rose. This one’s a beauty. I like the openness of a wild rose, whatever the color. Clearly, the Scott’s Bluff monument has much more than rock to offer.


    July 22, 2017 at 7:40 PM

    • Oh, does it ever. The top of the bluff has microclimates that foster plenty of native plants. I photographed some of them and have been working on getting them identified. A few will appear in posts over the next few weeks.

      I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a native rose in Texas, either. Maybe someday.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 22, 2017 at 8:25 PM

  4. Oh yes Steve .. this is just delightful 😃


    July 26, 2017 at 1:45 AM

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