Portraits of Wildflowers

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Bent out of shape

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Don’t get bent out of shape by this portrait of a Mexican hat flower head, Ratibida columnifera, that I made a year ago today at Wild Basin.

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 19, 2018 at 4:59 AM

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  1. A unique one!


    June 19, 2018 at 7:10 AM

  2. It looks tired 😀


    June 19, 2018 at 8:12 AM

  3. Bent out of shape is what I would get if I took this picture from that perspective! 😀


    June 19, 2018 at 8:30 AM

    • Believe me, I do sometimes end up feeling bent out of shape from the contortions I put myself through to get in a good position for a photograph.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 19, 2018 at 8:37 AM

  4. Deformed yet still beautiful!


    June 19, 2018 at 7:19 PM

  5. Beautiful light and detail. Such a curious shape!


    June 19, 2018 at 9:05 PM

  6. Great Detail and colorful! Nice smooth background!

    Reed Andariese

    June 19, 2018 at 9:27 PM

  7. What a lovely photo. The mexican hat looks tired and weary to me… but oh so beautiful!


    June 20, 2018 at 1:18 PM

    • Shakespeare wrote: “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale / Her infinite variety.” Well, flowers do wither, but the quotation accords with the spirit of what you’ve said.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 20, 2018 at 1:50 PM

  8. It looks as though it’s taking a bow, with its skirts trailing behind like a ballerina’s, or an opera singer’s.


    June 20, 2018 at 9:31 PM

    • Your last words made me think immediately of “La donna è mobile” (with mobile taken literally rather than as ‘fickle’).

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 21, 2018 at 7:08 AM

  9. That’s not a Mexican hat flower. It was designed by Halston!


    June 20, 2018 at 11:55 PM

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