Portraits of Wildflowers

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A pristine basket-flower

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A couple of weeks ago you saw a colony of basket-flowers (Plectocephalus americanus).
Now from May 26th along Burnet Rd. here’s a much closer view of a fresh one.
The ghosts in the background were horsemints (Monarda citriodora).
The traces of yellow-orange were coreopsis (Coreopsis sp.).

© 2019 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

June 14, 2019 at 4:45 AM

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  1. Nice portrait. She loves me, she loves me not would be quite tedious with this one.

    Steve Gingold

    June 14, 2019 at 4:57 AM

  2. Beautiful portrait. You have captured the delicate colors perfectly.

    Michael Scandling

    June 14, 2019 at 7:01 AM

    • “Delicate” seems just the right word for this basket-flower. The spirals of unopened florets at the center struck me as particularly attractive.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 14, 2019 at 7:08 AM

      • Framing it against a dark background with relatively narrow depth of field really enhances the delicacy by making it pop. As I said, beautiful portrait.

        Michael Scandling

        June 14, 2019 at 7:16 AM

  3. Truly a masterpiece of floral composition!

    Peter Klopp

    June 14, 2019 at 8:20 AM

    • Thanks for your confirmation. This is the second recent basket-flower portrait I’m especially pleased with.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 14, 2019 at 8:33 AM

  4. This is such a crisp portrait~I really like it.


    June 14, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    • Yay, another confirmation. You’re the first to use the word crisp.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 14, 2019 at 8:56 AM

      • Affirmations are always good, aren’t they? I’m surprised I’m the first~that word popped into my mind immediately when I saw it. The background is well captured as well.


        June 14, 2019 at 8:58 AM

  5. Beautifully captured.


    June 14, 2019 at 10:03 AM

  6. I’m glad you posted another basket-flower, and an especially pretty one at that. The balance between the open and unopened rays is hard to find; being able to combine your skills with a nearly-perfect flower must have been pleasing.

    I really am missing these flowers this year. I don’t know where they’ve gone (at least, around here — you obviously have them) but it’s like having a friend drop out of sight without explanation. If I didn’t have the flowers I dried last year in a vase, I still wouldn’t have seen one this spring.


    June 14, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    • Yes and yes again: pleasing to find such a pristine flower head, pleased to have succeeded in portraying it. At the same time, I’m sorry and surprised that your spring wasn’t a basket-flower spring, especially to the extent that you didn’t see a single new one. How strange. While most of the ones in Austin are past their prime now, my season for this species got extended last weekend outside of Dallas, where I worked with a colony of basket-flowers that were still fresh thanks to 200 extra miles of latitude in the right direction.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 14, 2019 at 1:05 PM

  7. such beauty !!


    June 14, 2019 at 1:27 PM

  8. Very Nice Steve! Love the detail in the flower!

    Reed Andariese

    June 14, 2019 at 7:29 PM

  9. That is so pretty!


    June 14, 2019 at 11:24 PM

    • And to think it grew in a ditchside colony along a busy road, with no one else stopping to appreciate it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      June 15, 2019 at 6:44 AM

  10. Beautiful shot!!

  11. Delicate beauty!!


    June 15, 2019 at 3:37 PM

  12. A super image Steve … mind you the model is rather lovely 🙂


    June 22, 2019 at 3:27 PM

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