Portraits of Wildflowers

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Yellow water-lily

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Nymphaea mexicana; Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; May 6th.

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 21, 2018 at 4:43 AM

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  1. The pathway of light created by the lily pads is especially lovely. I found it drawing my eye away from the flower deeper into the photo, helping to make the contrast between the shining lily and the darkness less stark.

    I’m constantly amazed by the riches of the Wildflower Center your photos suggest. Some day I’m going to visit that place — it must be wonderful to be able to visit as you please.


    May 21, 2018 at 5:36 AM

    • That’s a good analysis. I hadn’t thought about the lily pads mediating between the brightness of the flower and the solid black of the background.

      I have a membership at the Wildflower Center. I usually visit a few times a year, and each time I do I come away with a slew of pictures. It’s great to be in a place where the staff assiduously get rid of any non-natives that manage to make it onto the property.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 21, 2018 at 7:39 AM

  2. One of your best shots!!


    May 21, 2018 at 6:53 AM

  3. Wonderful photo! I love the light!


    May 21, 2018 at 8:30 AM

  4. Hello (from France – Paris)

    This is the first time I see yellow lotus flowers in photography. This yellow is very soft under the sun.

  5. This is one group of plants I know nothing about, the entire group. I have never grown them, and they are uncommon here. I am not aware of any native specie. However, I have seen them in marshy areas of Oregon, and even in the Columbia River, and have wondered if they are native there.


    May 21, 2018 at 6:58 PM

  6. Great shot Steve … wonderful bokeh.


    May 22, 2018 at 4:29 AM

  7. Exquisite.


    May 22, 2018 at 6:09 AM

  8. I love this gorgeous shot! Linda said everything I would say, and better than I could.


    June 7, 2018 at 8:08 AM

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