Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Four-nerve daisy from the side and from above

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Tetraneuris linearifolia; March 11th on the Upper Bull Creek Greenbelt Trail.

© 2021 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 24, 2021 at 4:34 AM

22 Responses

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  1. That bit of vibrant green in the first photo reminds me of the seldom-seen atmospheric green flash. It’s got a bit of electric feel to it. The dark background certainly suits that perfect second flower. Even though it belongs to the Asteraceae, it has a newly ‘minted’ feel to it.


    March 24, 2021 at 8:10 AM

    • Good of you to point out that green, which in my attention to composition and limited focus I hadn’t paid due attention to, but now have a newly minted appreciation of.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 24, 2021 at 8:28 AM

  2. Beautiful photos, Steve! Now “four-nerve daisy” sounds like a plant name with a story behind it.

    Lavinia Ross

    March 24, 2021 at 8:25 AM

  3. The first photo with the focus on just the daisy’s front petals looks very appealing. Good use of macro photography, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    March 24, 2021 at 8:28 AM

    • Thanks for your appreciation. I’ve been making a bunch of limited-focus flower portraits lately. It’s doable with a macro lens.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 24, 2021 at 8:40 AM

  4. Wonderful to see this beautiful daisy from the two angles, Steve.

    Jet Eliot

    March 24, 2021 at 9:18 AM

  5. Beautiful photos of a beautiful flower. Like shoreaces, I’m impressed by that vibrant green. That top photo is fascinating partly because of the background. It’s almost like the flower is a hat and the yellow background is one of those pieces of cloth on the back of some hats.

    Todd Henson

    March 24, 2021 at 10:59 AM

    • Coincidentally that’s the kind of hat my wife wore on our hike in the country this morning. At the time I took the top picture I wan’t aware of the green standing out the way it does. Sometimes results surprise us, as you’ve no doubt found at times. This one is a welcome surprise in my quest for abstraction.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 24, 2021 at 1:33 PM

  6. Your second image has a simple elegance. It looks like a mandala … a ‘flower mandala’.


    March 24, 2021 at 11:11 AM

    • A mandala it is. At times I’ve use a circular frame when presenting such a round flower head.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 24, 2021 at 1:35 PM

  7. I love the selective focus in the first one and detail in the second


    March 24, 2021 at 7:17 PM

  8. Love the symmetry!

    Eliza Waters

    March 24, 2021 at 8:23 PM

  9. Regarding that second shot, you’ve some nerve presenting such perfection.

    Steve Gingold

    March 28, 2021 at 5:09 AM

    • From such perfection I had the nerve never to swerve.
      And my purpose I chose to serve with plenty of verve.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 28, 2021 at 6:21 AM

  10. That side angle shot is a beauty steve … they both are!


    March 29, 2021 at 1:34 PM

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