Portraits of Wildflowers

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First wildflower for 2022

with 29 comments

Yesterday I went to an undeveloped lot on Balcones Woods Dr. where I’m accustomed to photographing ten-petal anemones (Anemone berlandieri) at this time of year. I found a smattering of those flowers, and on one of them I also found a tiny spider; it might have been a quarter of an inch (6mm) long.

For a closer look at the spider, click the thumbnail below.

UPDATE: Bugguide.net has identified the subject as a lynx spider in the genus Oxyopes.

Anemones typically rise only inches above the earth, so my normal photographic posture when portraying them is to lie on a mat on the ground and aim upward as much as possible. I took advantage of a dark area in the distance to “cap” the flower. Fortunately the closer distracting stuff on the ground stayed out of focus.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 2, 2022 at 4:11 AM

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  1. Look at that — your first was that lovely lavender that I so rarely see. The spider’s a fun addition. I often see hoverflies around these, but I’ve never seen a spider. Perhaps this spider’s lurking because there are hoverflies in the neighborhood.


    March 2, 2022 at 5:57 AM

    • Shooting in the direction of the sun enhanced the saturation of the colored fringes in this anemone. The few flowers with more evenly distributed color didn’t lend themselves to portraits so readily. As for the spider, it wasn’t the first I’d found on an anemone:

      Surprise on a ten-petal anemone

      I don’t recall whether I’ve ever found a hoverfly on or over an anemone.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 2, 2022 at 6:17 AM

  2. Humbly lying down on your belly, you created another masterpiece, Steve. I see that the spider had just begun connecting the petals.

    Peter Klopp

    March 2, 2022 at 8:19 AM

    • Truth to tell, I normally lie on my side or back when taking pictures from the ground. I find I have more versatility in those positions. What presumably caused the spider to produce just that one strand and then move away, I don’t know.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 2, 2022 at 8:46 AM

  3. I love the lit-from-within look and the bonus spider!


    March 2, 2022 at 8:26 AM

    • I get a lot of bonuses like the spider when I get close to plants. For insects and spiders, that’s their world.
      Like you, I fancy the lit-from-within look. It comes from backlighting, which I often seek out.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 2, 2022 at 8:51 AM

  4. Fantastic shot, Steve. Well done.


    March 2, 2022 at 9:54 AM

    • Thanks. You’ve acknowledged that the wherewithal to create this portrait was not beyond my ken.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 2, 2022 at 9:57 AM

  5. Oh, that 10-petal Anemone is just delicate and lovely, and the spider looks like a Striped Lynx Spider.


    March 2, 2022 at 10:12 AM

  6. You and Linda were fortunate at about the same time to find your anemones.

    Steve Gingold

    March 2, 2022 at 4:30 PM

    • She beat me to it by a bit. They’ve been late in Austin this year—along with everything else.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 2, 2022 at 5:37 PM

  7. An insight into the trouble it takes to get your photos!

  8. What a lovely harbinger of spring, Steve.
    Is it possible that there are more than 10 petals?


    March 2, 2022 at 5:32 PM

    • The name’s a double misnomer: the elements are actually sepals rather than petals, and their number isn’t fixed at 10. By any name, though, we’ve got a harbinger here, even if later this year than its typical appearance time, presumably because of freezes last month.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 2, 2022 at 5:41 PM

  9. I love the translucence of flower petals, beautifully caught here. And my reaction to the close-up of the tiny spider is ‘Cor!’

    Ann Mackay

    March 6, 2022 at 1:33 PM

    • As you’ve seen in a bunch of my posts, I like taking advantage of backlighting with translucent subjects.
      I was happy my lens resolved the details on the tiny spider.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 6, 2022 at 1:52 PM

  10. Wonderful shot Steve … great light! The spider is a bonus ..


    March 12, 2022 at 1:18 PM

  11. A beautiful first. I love the translucent petals and the spider adds that something extra!


    March 13, 2022 at 10:59 AM

    • Agreed: a beautiful way to start off the wildflower season, which has been late this year. I often find insects and spiders on flowers when I get in close.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 13, 2022 at 11:15 AM

  12. […] On March 2nd I linked to a 39-minute video interview with Garry Kasparov, perhaps the greatest chess player in our lifetime. Having grown up in the Soviet Union, he is also a staunch advocate for freedom and democracy, and currently chairman of the Human Rights Foundation. Now I want to tell you about another great Russian chess player and advocate for freedom, Natan Sharansky, who coincidentally was born in the Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine that Putin used as a pretext to invade the country. In the 1970s and ’80s Sharansky was among the best known of the so-called refuseniks who worked toward and eventually succeeded in getting many Jews out of the Soviet Union. […]

  13. […] weeks ago you saw a ten-petal anemone (Anemone berlandieri) with a tiny spider on it. During that same March 1st photo session I photographed several other anemones, including the one […]

  14. I’ve been hoping to find a lynx spider for years. Lucky you.


    March 29, 2022 at 3:10 AM

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