Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography


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Fronds caught my attention at the Bojo River Nature Reserve in Aloguinsan on December 17th.

The challenge was finding good ways to fill a rectangle.

In the last picture I took a different approach.

© 2020 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 26, 2020 at 11:40 AM

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  1. That last one is a scary one it is. I hope you kept your distance from those sharp teeth. All are nice but the second one stands out for me simply because of the density of the fronds and their feathery appearance.

    Steve Gingold

    January 26, 2020 at 6:42 PM

    • I also saw it as jaws but didn’t want to influence people by pointing it out. And as you pointed out, the second picture is nice and feathery; it’s an overview, whereas the two pictures flanking it are close abstractions.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2020 at 6:16 AM

  2. The last photo evoked the same sensation for me as it did for Steve G.–there is definitely a sinister fate lurking behind those teeth…


    January 26, 2020 at 10:00 PM

  3. Great focus on the geometric patterns that these fronds are forming! Best wishes from our winter wonderland!

    Peter Klopp

    January 26, 2020 at 10:45 PM

    • I don’t get tired of emphasizing patterns. Austin’s non-winter-wonderland reached 75°F (24°C) yesterday.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2020 at 6:21 AM

      • A very comfortable temperature, Steve! But aren’t your summers a bit too hot?

        Peter Klopp

        January 27, 2020 at 9:14 AM

        • Many people find the summers here oppressive. My body, however, has always tolerated heat and suffered from cold.

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 27, 2020 at 2:10 PM

  4. very nice photos.

    patrick L.

    January 27, 2020 at 12:51 AM

  5. All that crisp symmetry and greenness is especially appealing during winter in the northern US, where almost all the foliage is now brown mushy and shapeless. we have the sharp teeth of icicles

    Robert Parker

    January 27, 2020 at 5:33 AM

    • And I miss having those sharp teeth of the cold kind as photographic subjects. Only a few times in the past decade did we get a sustained-enough freeze in Austin for icicles to form.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2020 at 6:46 AM

  6. Of course my first thought was of Jaws when I saw that last photo. Then, instead of “We’re gonna need a bigger boat,” I thought: “We’re gonna need a bigger camera.” I really like the second photo. It looks like it ought to be a mural in a very old and very upscale restaurant. The colors aren’t what I expect when I see palms, and the light seems to be emphasizing their feathery nature.


    January 27, 2020 at 7:54 AM

    • You’re the second person to emphasize the featheriness of the second photo. I hadn’t consciously thought of the palms as feathery; for me the appeal in that picture was more in the curvaceous way they filled the frame in multiple directions.

      As for needing a bigger camera, even with a reduced complement of equipment I was already lugging around more than I wanted to. What made it work was that we’d hired a car and driver; trying to schlep my things around on a bus would’ve been too hard.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2020 at 2:05 PM

  7. Viewed with a good dose of imagination you might see a prehistoric version of a gator in that last photo! Wonderful capture and definitely fun.


    January 27, 2020 at 10:56 AM

    • Yes, especially after Linda’s recent alligator post, my mind was ready to see the last picture as giant jaws. At the time I took the picture I was intrigued by the way the palm made an arc as it leaned over into the water; imaginary jaws entered my consciousness only after I’d been back home for weeks.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 27, 2020 at 2:08 PM

  8. The repeating patterns of these make great subjects, whether you emphasize the geometry or the drama. 🙂


    February 6, 2020 at 11:18 AM

    • You know me with patterns and math. I could’ve shown more versions but thought it would be overkill.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 6, 2020 at 2:54 PM

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