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Red: unexpected and expected

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The unexpected red* was on the stalk of the rain-lily (Zephyranthes drummondii) in the foreground that had already produced a seed capsule. The expected red was in the center of the firewheels (Gaillardia pulchella) beyond. I understand the latter but not the former. This picture is from Allen Park on May 15th. That session also yielded the darker and artsier take below that portrays the same two species.

* After this post appeared, Herschel Hobotz identified the red on the rain-lily as Stagonospora curtisii, a fungal disease sometimes called red blotch, red leaf spot or red fire.

© Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 30, 2021 at 4:30 AM

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  1. Beautiful

    Financial Freedom

    May 30, 2021 at 4:45 AM

  2. Very beautiful


    May 30, 2021 at 5:12 AM

  3. It looks like rusty metal – interesting. Is it some sort of bacterial infection, I wonder?

    Ann Mackay

    May 30, 2021 at 5:34 AM

  4. The composition of your first photo could lead to the fanciful notion that Nature, in the process of painting the Gaillardia, got a little sloppy with her brushwork. That, or there’s a less than creative graffiti artist loose in your neighborhood. I do like the starburst effect in the second photo. That’s a nice take on one of my favorite seed capsules.


    May 30, 2021 at 7:20 AM

    • Here you’ve cast Nature—literally ‘that which is born’—as that which paints (sloppily). Regarding the second picture, I’ve long been fond of a “starburst” behind a subject to enhance it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 30, 2021 at 8:16 AM

  5. Creative images, Steve. Beautiful.

    Jane Lurie

    May 30, 2021 at 4:34 PM

  6. The second photo is truly a piece of photographic art, Steve.

    Peter Klopp

    May 30, 2021 at 4:54 PM

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