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In the pink again

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Having already shown you a colony of pink evening primroses this spring, I’d be remiss in not adding a closeup. Today’s view of an Oenothera speciosa flower dates back to April 14th in southeast Austin. The light coming from in front of me cast shadows of the stigma, stamens, and pollen strands onto the petals. The multi-pointed green member at the lower right is the sheath that used to enclose the flower’s bud.

 United becomes its opposite, untied, if you flip it around.

© 2022 Steven Schwartzman




Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 28, 2022 at 4:30 AM

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  1. that is an incredibly beautiful shot of that flower


    April 28, 2022 at 4:33 AM

  2. BEAUTFUL 🙂 Made me smile. Happy Day – Enjoy!


    April 28, 2022 at 8:03 AM

  3. I love the light on it!


    April 28, 2022 at 8:19 AM

  4. Great shot. I am a sucker for backlit/translucent petals. (And on hirsute plants, it really makes the hairs stand out}. Flipping it to ti to change the meaning of a word to its opposite. Glabrous bit of wordplay.


    April 28, 2022 at 8:25 AM

    • Hey, don’t forget about hirsute photographers. Your use of “glabrous” reminds me of Lewis Carroll’s “O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!” And yes, backlighting is a favorite photographic technique of mine.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 28, 2022 at 8:36 AM

      • glabrous, frabjous simply fablous – (I ventured out yesterday morning and saw countless rain lilies, some with a few rain or dew drops on them.When I got to the hedgehog cactus lane, I found that I was a few days late. Still haven’t finished processing all the shots, even after quickly dismissing most of the egregious examples.


        May 1, 2022 at 9:22 PM

        • And you’d better believe I portrayed a slew of raindrop-covered rain lilies in my part of town. In fact two of them posted this morning.

          Steve Schwartzman

          May 2, 2022 at 5:57 AM

  5. When I was living in Berkeley in the 70’s, bumper stickers still were a thing, and one I remember was “Dyslexics, Untie.” Of course, that was in the days of free and unfettered Berkeley. Today anyone who sported that particular sticker probably would be pilloried or tarred and feathered: metaphorically or not.

    That’s an interesting shadow in your flower portrait. It certainly looks as though there’s some spider silk in there that caught some of the pollen; the shadow’s more complex than I would have expected.


    April 28, 2022 at 8:26 AM

    • What? Free speech in Berkeley? Your memories have led you into an alternative universe from the one there today. Five years ago anti-free-speech rioters did $100,000 in damage at the University:


      My understanding of pink evening primroses is that the pollen forms sticky strands and clumps on its own, without the usual sort of arachnid help. Of course I might be wrong about that.

      Steve Schwartzman

      April 28, 2022 at 8:47 AM

      • I don’t think you’re wrong at all. Down at the coast this weekend, the beach evening primroses (Oenothera drummondii) were blooming, and I took a good look at them. The freshest ones didn’t seem to have the pollen strands that you show here, but many of the flowers did. Now I’m wondering if this happens in other primroses. Both cut-leaf primrose and thread-leaf primrose are on Galveston Island, so I can check those out.


        May 2, 2022 at 9:01 PM

  6. Your close-ups are as impressive as your floral carpets, Steve.

    Peter Klopp

    April 28, 2022 at 9:14 AM

  7. Such delicate beauty.

  8. Beautiful backlighting. The shadows of the stigma etc make me think of shadow puppetry.


    April 29, 2022 at 6:41 AM

  9. Light is so good


    April 29, 2022 at 11:16 PM

  10. Nice use of light.

    Steve Gingold

    April 30, 2022 at 3:08 AM

  11. A stunning shot!

    Birder's Journey

    April 30, 2022 at 12:02 PM

    • Sorry for the late reply: I just noticed that 431 comments had accumulated in my WordPress spam folder. Before deleting them I scrolled through them all to see if WordPress had mistakenly put any legitimate comments there, and that’s when I discovered yours. Yes, backlighting served me well here, as it has done in plenty of other places.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 7, 2022 at 4:44 PM

  12. A stunning flower!

    Birder's Journey

    April 30, 2022 at 12:09 PM

    • These are quite common here in the spring, and people know them because of their ability to form large colonies. Less often noticed and appreciated is an individual pink evening primrose.

      Steve Schwartzman

      May 7, 2022 at 4:47 PM

  13. Beautiful – love the light and shadows.

    Ann Mackay

    May 1, 2022 at 7:49 AM

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