Portraits of Wildflowers

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Rain-lily bud and flower

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Zephyranthes drummondii; April 27 in my neighborhood.

© 2021 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 10, 2021 at 4:33 AM

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  1. that’s beautiful

    beth

    May 10, 2021 at 4:57 AM

  2. It’s an especially dynamic photo, with the upward thrust of the bud a counterpoint to the suggestion of a downward-pointing flower. In fact, when I saw the photo, a line from T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding” came to mind: “the dove descending breaks the air.”

    Eliot was friends with Stravinsky, and there’s a fascinating article here about how Stravinsky built on the structure of Eliot’s poem in the creation of his “Anthem.”

    shoreacres

    May 10, 2021 at 7:24 AM

    • Here’s a version of Stravinsky’s “Anthem” by the Netherlands Chamber Choir.

      shoreacres

      May 10, 2021 at 7:25 AM

      • Thanks for your introduction. I wasn’t familiar with Eliot’s words or Stravinsky’s musical setting of them. “Consumed by either fire or fire” reminds me of Frost’s “Fire and Ice.”

        Steve Schwartzman

        May 10, 2021 at 7:50 AM

        • After February’s experience, I’d say Frost was spot on: ice certainly would suffice.

          shoreacres

          May 10, 2021 at 7:53 AM

          • Earlier this morning, I don’t know why, I thought back to that frigid ordeal and asked myself whether it had really happened just three months ago.

            Steve Schwartzman

            May 10, 2021 at 7:56 AM

          • I checked priority just now and found that “Fire and Ice” was published in 1920, while “Little Gidding” appeared in print in 1943.

            Steve Schwartzman

            May 10, 2021 at 7:59 AM

    • You saw downward movement in the out-of-focus rain-lily, where I inferred ascension in the two branches of the Y. The Duality Principle strikes again.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 10, 2021 at 7:53 AM

  3. I like this latest experiment of yours in minimalistic photography, Steve.

    Peter Klopp

    May 10, 2021 at 8:39 AM

    • I expect there’ll be more along these lines, as I’m drawn to that approach (along with other approaches).

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 10, 2021 at 11:22 AM

  4. You have an eye for using background elements to compose your photography. I admire that. It’s hard to work wiki the background.

    Alessandra Chaves

    May 10, 2021 at 9:06 AM

  5. It is a beautiful composition. A “flower in prayer” comes to mind.

    Lavinia Ross

    May 10, 2021 at 10:40 AM

  6. Trying to log in to my WordPress account made me think of Robert Frost’s quote “Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, And I’ll forgive Thy great big one on me.” As for the photo of the rain lily bud with the open flower in the background, “Nice” will suffice, as those who have commented ahead of me have said anything I might have added.

    Robert Kamper

    May 10, 2021 at 11:15 AM

  7. Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

    Michael Scandling

    May 10, 2021 at 12:25 PM

  8. Lovely! I did not see a “Y” or a descending dove, but rather a white heart in the background.
    Or maybe a rabbit.

    Robert Parker

    May 10, 2021 at 12:52 PM


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