Portraits of Wildflowers

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Soar, sunflower, soar

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Helianthus annuus. Cedar Park, Texas. June 22.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 10, 2017 at 3:34 AM

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  1. Looks like it’s ready to launch.


    August 10, 2017 at 4:46 AM

    • I can’t say about the sunflower, but I was ready to launch myself back up from the ground I’d gotten down on to have a suitable angle for this picture.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 10, 2017 at 8:20 AM

      • I am sure you were. If one mentally blocks out the stalk, the sunflower could almost be the sun in the sky.


        August 10, 2017 at 5:35 PM

        • You mean like this?

          Steve Schwartzman

          August 10, 2017 at 5:45 PM

          • Exactly! And how I wish the sunflower or any sun were shining through the clouds here this morning. I need to use my mental powers to block out the clouds around me.


            August 10, 2017 at 5:48 PM

            • Well, at least you’ve got some pictures from a warm (nay, sweltering) Texas to mitigate your winter gloom down there.

              Steve Schwartzman

              August 10, 2017 at 5:58 PM

  2. Up, up, and away!


    August 10, 2017 at 9:44 AM

  3. Such a cheering way to start the day. Now, as for getting up from ground-level position, I often think of our past exchanges about that, realizing that my days of doing that at the drop of a hat are over (which doesn’t mean I’m not tempted to from time to time).

    Susan Scheid

    August 10, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    • Oscar Wilde is famous for (among other things) “I can resist everything but temptation.” I still yield to the temptation to lie on the ground for a good picture, and let the rising afterwards be as it may.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 10, 2017 at 12:40 PM

  4. Wonderful! very cheering. Such a nice flower is certainly entitled to fold one arm over its chest, and take a bow.

    Robert Parker Teel

    August 10, 2017 at 10:34 AM

  5. For no good reason that I can explain, I read your title as “Soave, sunflower, soave.” That would do, as well, since it’s clearly a sweet and pleasurable flower. Beyond that, it’s a suave photographer who can pull off an image like this.

    Your e-clipped version doesn’t eclipse the original image, but it certainly makes for a fun sun.


    August 10, 2017 at 9:37 PM

    • You set suave Steve to searching and he found that it’s an 821 km trip from the town of Soave in the Veneto region of the province of Verona to Girasole (which means sunflower) on the island of Sardinia:


      The e-clipped version of the sun is as close as I’m going to get to the e-clipsed version on August 21, given the exorbitant prices hotels are charging for rooms along the path of the sun’s shadow. That usury for the fun sun has me undone.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 10, 2017 at 9:54 PM

      • I’d entertained the notion of heading north to experience the eclipse, but what I was imagining — a pristine prairie, the sliding shadows, the quietness as birds settled in for an unexpected night — didn’t accord very well with reports like this one from FiveThirtyEight. Besides, there’s always the possibility of a great cosmic joke in the form of cloudy skies. I’ll have my fun in the sun right here, and avoid the hassles.


        August 10, 2017 at 10:08 PM

        • Along a path that stretches from coast to coast, it’s highly likely that at least a few areas will be clouded over at the time of the eclipse. That’ll be an unfunny irony for thousands of people. Of course we can’t guarantee fun in the sun at our locations, either.

          Steve Schwartzman

          August 11, 2017 at 7:29 AM

  6. Lovely! 😃


    August 11, 2017 at 2:26 AM

    • As we drove around our part of town yesterday, I noticed some sunflowers are still going at it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 11, 2017 at 7:32 AM

  7. Very nice! Love the image!

    Reed Andariese

    August 11, 2017 at 6:41 PM

  8. Love the POV!!


    August 11, 2017 at 8:10 PM

  9. Lovely image.. Yellows pair well against blues, and I wondered if someone dangled that flower for you — but then read your reply in the comments above… I liked the altered image as well!…

    Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    August 12, 2017 at 4:22 PM

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