Portraits of Wildflowers

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Organic and inorganic

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At Southwest Harbor in Acadia National Park on June 10, 2018, I photographed things organic and inorganic.

Jackson Pollock‘s got nothing on me:

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 10, 2019 at 4:37 AM

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  1. Will be there in a few months. My backyard is full of Cinnamon Fern.

    Steve Gingold

    June 10, 2019 at 5:24 AM

    • So you can follow along the lines of Neil Young and sing: “I wanna live with a cinnamon fern.

      I know you’ll be happy to see Acadia again.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 10, 2019 at 6:36 AM

      • Right! We were there last August to meet up with my brother. We prefer late September/ early October but as it turned out that would have been a big problem.

        Steve Gingold

        June 10, 2019 at 9:28 AM

        • A year ago today was still early in the tourist season but lots of people had already descended on the town and the park. Given the wee hours when you go out to take pictures, even the worst of the tourist season probably wouldn’t interfere with your photography.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 10, 2019 at 1:02 PM

  2. You captured the beauty of organic and inorganic things so well, Steve.

    Peter Klopp

    June 10, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    • The Atlantic coast in Maine is a great place for photographers. It would be hard not to get good pictures up there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 10, 2019 at 9:26 AM

  3. This park is on my bucket list. Your comment about Pollock got me thinking…perhaps he was inspired by what he saw on the beach.


    June 10, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    • I wondered the same thing about Pollock’s inspiration.
      I hope you get to fill your bucket with Acadia soon. I’d heard about it all my life and finally made it there only last year. Better late than never.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 10, 2019 at 1:04 PM

      • Definitely~perhaps you appreciated it all the more for having to wait. And in the meantime I get to enjoy your beautiful photos of it.


        June 12, 2019 at 9:14 AM

        • Gingold will be going back there in a few weeks, so you’ll get to see more of Acadia in July.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 12, 2019 at 11:26 AM

          • Yes, lucky him. I can’t complain, though. The rains we’ve been getting are keeping it cool here, and plants are exceedingly lush. We’ve even found a new lady slipper population!


            June 14, 2019 at 9:00 AM

  4. Okay, I can not identify the second and third pictures, so can not tell what is organic or inorganic. sorry.


    June 11, 2019 at 2:38 AM

  5. I love what you did with the third photo – fantastic!


    June 11, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    • Naturally I’m happy that you like the third picture, yet I feel bad about taking much credit for it: all I did was stand close, lean over, and aim down. Still, I guess I’m entitled to a “finder’s fee.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 12, 2019 at 6:22 AM

  6. I have to confess I find your photos more appealing than Pollock’s paintings. I especially like the echo of the brown stalk in the first photo. As I recall, that’s one of your tips for good photography.

    I’m wondering whether that’s a not-yet-fully-unfurled fern behind the primary stalk, or if it’s the sort of ball we saw on so many ferns at the Watson preserve. There’s a certain caterpillar that makes a little nest on the fern tip and develops there. I don’t know yet which species it is, or what part of the development process is taking place, but I’ll figure it out.


    June 13, 2019 at 7:24 AM

    • The echo of the brown stalk is one of the things that pleases me about the first photo. Another is the contrast between the vertical brown against the shallow chevron of green.

      I’m afraid I can’t answer your question about the thing at the top of the fern in the background. My inclination is toward unfurling, but I have no way to validate that.

      Looking forward to a caterpillar picture from you….

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 13, 2019 at 1:33 PM

  7. The first image reminded me of a twisted stalk of grain sorghum! It also looks like it could pass for a distant cousin of pigweed-amaranth…Very unique, and I wonder if decorators use it for interiors….

    • I see what you mean about the resemblance to amaranth and sorghum. I’m afraid I don’t know whether interior decorators use these ferns; I was happy enough to find them out in the wild.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 15, 2019 at 4:34 PM

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