Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Fuzzy, pink, and blue

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The genus Croton is home to plants that don’t have conspicuous flowers. Woolly croton (Croton capitatus) makes up for that, at least from a photographic standpoint, by offering a pleasant fuzziness. I found it especially appealing in Bastrop State Park on September 23rd when it was backed up by the pink of some showy palafoxia flower heads (Palafoxia hookeriana) and the blue sky that morning. As I so often do, I lay on my mat on the ground for the somewhat upward-looking first view. If you prefer your croton straight, which is to say without pretty colors coming from other things, you can have the Rembrandtesque portrait below.

WordPress tells me this blog has accumulated a little over 90,000 comments, about 42,000 of which are my replies. Both are big numbers.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 10, 2021 at 4:39 AM

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  1. I enjoyed both your photos, and information, on the wooly croton, Steve.

    Jet Eliot

    October 10, 2021 at 5:52 AM

    • The pink and baby blue of the top photograph particularly got to me, and while I was on the ground I spent time straining as I tried out various compositions.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 10, 2021 at 3:03 PM

  2. Your photographs make me want to try to stroke it to see if it’s as soft as it looks!

    Ann Mackay

    October 10, 2021 at 6:01 AM

    • Maybe some future version of the Internet will add tactility so you’ll be able to feel the softness of woolly croton for yourself.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 10, 2021 at 3:04 PM

  3. Congratulations on brightening our mornings with gorgeous photography and astute comments spiced with humor, Steve.
    Ariana and Michael in Houston


    October 10, 2021 at 8:33 AM

    • Hi, guys. I’m happy to hear these posts have been brightening your mornings. Speaking of astute: our national debt increased so much from 2019 to 2020 that if the 90,000 I mentioned were dollars rather than comments, it would have taken less than two seconds for the national debt to increase by that much. I wish I could find some humor in that, but I can’t.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 10, 2021 at 3:16 PM

  4. Highest marks for a remarkable record of remarks.

    Robert Parker

    October 10, 2021 at 8:47 AM

  5. Both views have their own beauty. Today is grey and wet here, and I am favoring the colors this morning. 🙂

    Lavinia Ross

    October 10, 2021 at 9:36 AM

    • I well understand why you’d favor the colors as mitigation against the grey and wet up north.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 10, 2021 at 3:19 PM

  6. You did a fine job of pulling the woolly croton out of its distracting background, Steve.

    Peter Klopp

    October 10, 2021 at 1:37 PM

  7. Beautiful how the background complements this inconspicuous flower and helps it pop up. Interesting statistics about your blog. It is sure a conversational blog that invites participation.

    Alessandra Chaves

    October 10, 2021 at 2:54 PM

    • You know me with backgrounds, and in this case the pastel colors beyond my subject in the first picture struck me as irresistible.

      It had been years since I paid any attention to the number of comments on my blog, but the other day I happened to catch sight of how many there have been. I appreciate your participation regarding photography as well as things cultural and political.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 10, 2021 at 3:27 PM

  8. Nice composition of neutral juxtaposed with cheery, bright colors–very nice!


    October 10, 2021 at 3:06 PM

  9. Interesting plant and well shot, Steve.

    Jane Lurie

    October 10, 2021 at 4:58 PM

    • Plants that many would consider nondescript are still worthy of photographers’ attention.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 10, 2021 at 5:25 PM

  10. Like the others, I think the background adds a lot. Are those Centaurus flowers?


    October 10, 2021 at 9:18 PM

    • The pink flowers are Palafoxia hookeriana, which, like Centaurus, belongs to the sunflower family.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 11, 2021 at 4:48 AM

  11. Pink and blue, and Croton, too —
    a ‘sticky’ image, just from you!


    October 11, 2021 at 7:30 PM

  12. Both versions have their charm, Steve, very nice!

    Ellen Jennings

    October 12, 2021 at 7:23 AM

    • Agreed. I happened to be back in Bastrop again yesterday and did another whole round of pictures, including some more of woolly croton.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 12, 2021 at 8:18 AM

  13. In the past I’ve grown Crotons as houseplants but had never seen one flower. The commercial plants have multicolored leaves that are attractive enough that dearth of flowers doesn’t seem to discourage people. Two nice images.

    Steve Gingold

    October 12, 2021 at 5:00 PM

  14. […] of woolly croton (Croton capitatus), as I did the other day, in Bastrop State Park on September 23rd I found a large stand of it that blended nicely into an […]

  15. […] a woolly croton plant (Croton capitatus) in Bastrop State Park on September 23rd I noticed that a green lynx spider […]

  16. […] Across the bottom of the picture is a carpet of doveweed, Croton monanthogynus (a genus-mate of the woolly croton you saw here a week ago and again yesterday. The erect plant a quarter of the way in from the left is annual sumpweed, Iva […]

  17. More fine shots! I rather like the croton against the pink ..


    October 17, 2021 at 1:16 PM

  18. […] in the park the supporting cast for camphorweed included showy palafoxia (Palafoxia hookeriana) and woolly croton (Croton […]

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