Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

More from Garden in the Woods

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Wild bleeding heart, Dicentra eximia

Buds of black cohosh, Actaea racemosa

A species of Phlox

To see the bright white flowers of black cohosh, you can revisit a post from 2016.

Thanks to horiculturist Anna Fialkoff for identifying many of the plants I photographed at Garden in the Woods on June 12th.

© 2018 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 14, 2018 at 4:35 AM

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  1. That wild bleeding heart is a delicious mauve colour. I want one!


    July 14, 2018 at 5:44 AM

  2. A lovely colour palette.


    July 15, 2018 at 1:09 AM

  3. I knew the name was familiar, but it surprised me to see that you’d photographed it at Crystal Bridges. There wasn’t much in bloom when I was there. Milkweeds were opening, I found a single day lily down by the spring, there were foxgloves by the Frank Lloyd Wright House, and there was a good bit of sweetspire (Itea virginiana) but that was about it. I had a sense that I was between seasons, with spring fading and summer just beginning to bloom.

    I especially like the wild bleeding heart. It’s so different from the ones I’ve seen in gardens, and to my taste more attractive.


    July 15, 2018 at 7:28 PM

    • I photographed the black cohosh at Crystal Bridges two years ago on June 20th, not that different a date from when you were there most recently. Just shows how different nature can be from one year to the next.

      I had to look up the cultivated bleeding heart to see what it looks like. I found the wild one in Massachusetts quite appealing.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 15, 2018 at 8:19 PM

  4. Lovely! What lens did you use Steve? 🙂


    July 18, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    • Mostly on the trip I used a 24–105mm lens because I was in a lot of scenic places. For these three pictures, however, and some others in the Garden of the Woods, I used my Canon 100mm L-series macro lens to record the details of flowers and plants. At home in generally not-so-scenic Austin, I use the macro lens more than any other.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 18, 2018 at 6:15 PM

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