Portraits of Wildflowers

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Flower tower

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After looking at this photograph—but not while taking the picture—I imagined that the spiderwort (Tradescantia sp.) growing in our side yard on April 1st was a flower tower. The long green leaning “leg” on the right is a stem, while the symmetric one on the left is a leaf. Likewise for the two shorter green segments inside that triangular frame at the bottom.


Yesterday afternoon WordPress popped up a message I’d understandably never seen before: “Congratulations! Your site, Portraits of Wildflowers, passed 500,000 all-time views.”


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 4, 2022 at 4:36 AM

Posted in nature photography

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  1. Congratulations on the flower tower and 500,000 views for your blog.


    April 4, 2022 at 5:50 AM

  2. That’s a beautiful cluster of spiderwort. Between its structure and your title, two things came to mind when I opened your post: the Aggie bonfire (or other bonfires, for that matter), and the Oakland, California musical group Tower of Power. When I was living in the Bay Area, they were just beginning to establish their reputation — great funk and soul.

    I don’t think it would be hyperbole to say your towering talent makes that number of views more than reasonable. I’m not sure I believe it, though; I suspect you have many, many more visitors and views than that. Friends who pay a lot of attention to their stats have been complaining that behind-the scenes changes to stats have been happening; when I looked, I found that my ‘visits and views’ to The Task at Hand have dropped by about two-thirds. I rarely look at my stats pages, but the change is interesting. I suspect it might be related to the WP decision to limit new users to 10,000 monthly views.


    April 4, 2022 at 7:38 AM

    • Of all the spiderwort pictures I’ve taken, this one came out different, and that’s why I posted it. Related to your Aggie bonfire, I imagined instead a fire lookout tower. And speaking of music, my title reminded me of Leonard Cohen’s “Tower of Song.”

      Thanks for you attribution of “towering talent.” More often it’s a question of lying on the ground to let plants tower over me as much as possible. As for WordPress, I didn’t know that new users have a monthly viewing limit of 10,000. In practice, that hardly seems a limit: who’d be looking at more than 300 blogs a day? I remember you once commented about getting subscribers who never comment. Same here: a keep getting a few each day, and I never hear from them. Some subscriptions are obviously a ploy to try and get me to look at their blog, but I can’t account for the rest. And you can’t account for why your reported number of visits and views purportedly dropped by two-thirds. Mysteries….

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 4, 2022 at 8:15 AM

  3. Beautiful spiderwort image, especially the composition. And congrats on half a million views!


    April 4, 2022 at 8:32 AM

  4. Very impressive record, Steve!

    Peter Klopp

    April 4, 2022 at 8:44 AM

  5. A thousand and a thousand congrats, Steve. A tower of staying power.
    You picked a good photo for the celebration, it’s really memorable.

    Robert Parker

    April 4, 2022 at 12:32 PM

    • Thousands of thanks to you. Actually it was the other way around: the post was ready to go with this picture in it when I got the notification from WordPress.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 4, 2022 at 1:24 PM

  6. Congratulations!

  7. Looks more like a fountain to me but a towering fountain. That’s a lot of eyeballs.

    Steve Gingold

    April 4, 2022 at 5:08 PM

  8. Adorable spiderwort. It does look like a tower at first.
    congratulations on so many views on your blog!

    Alessandra Chaves

    April 4, 2022 at 8:18 PM

  9. Such a beautiful spiderwort. I saw my first several years ago during a visit to my brother’s lake place in far-western N. Carolina, and I’ve been a fan ever since. Well-deserved congrats on your half-million views.


    April 5, 2022 at 3:26 AM

    • Being a fan means you get to cool things off.
      Based on your comment over at SG, I do hope you make it back across the ocean this year.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 5, 2022 at 6:29 AM

    • Let me add that it’s been probably a decade since Eve planted a spiderwort by the side of our house and spiderworts have been coming up every spring since then.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 5, 2022 at 8:22 AM

  10. Great capture of the spiderworts, though they are very photogenic and there are certainly many of them! (At least in my garden…) And, congrats on your blog views~


    April 5, 2022 at 9:47 AM

    • Thanks. I’ll keep on viewing my views with equanimity.
      How nice that you have lots of spiderworts in your garden. Are any of yours white?

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 5, 2022 at 10:00 AM

  11. And what a tower it is. That’s a great find and very nicely captured. Congratulations on the view count.

    Todd Henson

    April 6, 2022 at 1:37 PM

    • And the “tower” had the advantage of being right by the side of our house: no travel needed (like the more than 200 miles and 10 hours we put in yesterday). The view count came out of the blue; I had no idea WordPress alerts people to the half-million views milestone.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 7, 2022 at 5:38 AM

  12. Be it with spiderwort, be it with blog posts, it’s a towering achievement. Congratulations, Steve!


    April 6, 2022 at 4:18 PM

    • Thanks, Tanja. I couldn’t help making the mental comparison to popular entertainers, whose tweets and posts get seen by millions of people every day. It’s taken me almost 11 years to hit a total of half a million views.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 7, 2022 at 5:40 AM

  13. Wow over 500,000 views! Congratulations … This shot looks so beautifully art directed. Isn’t nature grand


    April 12, 2022 at 4:36 PM

    • Thanks. If you spread the half million views out over 11 years of mostly daily posting, it averages out to a modest number per day. And yes, this natural architecture really lent itself to a portrait.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 12, 2022 at 4:52 PM

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