Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography


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A year ago today we spent time inside the Ogunquit Museum of Art
in the town of the same name on the Maine coast.

Afterwards I clambered about behind the museum taking pictures of the rocks and tidal pools.

I never posted any of those photographs in 2018, so to make amends I’m showing you a few now.

As always, patterns and textures beckoned. So did colors, whether muted or bright.

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 11, 2019 at 4:52 AM

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  1. I love the mix of all the patterns and textures and colors, such beautiful natural art


    June 11, 2019 at 5:19 AM

  2. I especially like the fourth one for its simplicity and symmetry.

    Michael Scandling

    June 11, 2019 at 7:37 AM

    • Interesting: I hadn’t thought about symmetry in the fourth photograph, but now that you mention it I agree the picture is nicely balanced.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 11, 2019 at 9:45 AM

  3. Great shots, Steven!

    Peter Klopp

    June 11, 2019 at 8:09 AM

  4. I like these. I don’t think you ever got to the Boulder Bank here in Nelson. Not as fab as this, but ever-varied in colour and shape. My faves were the ones with “faces” showing all kinds of emotions.

    Jenny M

    June 11, 2019 at 8:15 AM

    • You’re right, we drove west on State Highway 6 into Nelson but never turned off the short distance to see the Boulder Bank, which we didn’t know about.

      In which parts of which pictures did you see faces?

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 11, 2019 at 1:32 PM

  5. They are awsome !!


    June 11, 2019 at 1:26 PM

  6. I like the fourth also but for a different reason…it looks like a landscape from above.

    Steve Gingold

    June 11, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    • Maybe like the way I first saw Utah from an airplane in the 1990s.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 11, 2019 at 4:05 PM

      • Ah, yes. I’ve flown once, in 1988, and we flew over Utah and I marveled at the landscape below.

        Steve Gingold

        June 11, 2019 at 4:25 PM

        • It was what I saw looking down from that plane that convinced me I needed to see Utah from the ground. Two years later that’s what I did. Utah is one of our most scenic states. I’d gladly go back.

          Steve Schwartzman

          June 11, 2019 at 4:28 PM

  7. Very nice patterns, like paintings, which I enjoy.


    June 11, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    • This morning I wondered whether the Ogunquit Museum of Art, behind which I took these pictures, would consider hanging abstract prints like #2 and #4 in the museum.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 11, 2019 at 7:56 PM

  8. Bonitas rocas y magníficas fotos. Gracias, Steve.

  9. I was caught by the flow in the third photo: rock resembling water. Then I looked more closely, and saw the scattering of what I take to be small shells, and perhaps even living sea creatures tossed there by the tide. They help to make the comparison between water and rock even more explicit.

    The first photo has a bit of that same connection: reasonable enough, given your locaation. The lines along the rock seem to be flowing toward the water, although I suspect they were formed by the water’s movement in the opposite direction. There’s some nice horizontal/vertical contrast going on there, too — both in the rock itself, and between the rock and the waves.


    June 13, 2019 at 7:41 AM

    • An initial glance at the third photo doesn’t make clear that I aimed down through shallow water (at least I think I did; I’ve been trying to decide).

      I included the first photo as a scene-setter. I have other, more abstract pictures of those same rocks, but I wanted viewers to have at least a little overview of the place. I also have portrait (i.e. higher than wide) versions of the first photo that further emphasize the sense of the rock verging toward the water. I couldn’t show both because there’s too much overlap between them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 13, 2019 at 1:45 PM

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