Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Two species, three prominent colors

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Plenty of native species have been planted around the pond at the intersection of Gault Lane and Burnet Road. On the morning of July 7th I made this group portrait that includes a pavonia mallow flower (Pavonia lasiopetala), several purple bindweed flowers (Ipomoea cordatotriloba), and a yellowed leaf on the bindweed vine. The cordato in the species name means heart-shaped, and that wavily fits the bright leaf.


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I’ve mentioned a few times that a group of people who believe in the traditional purpose of a university—the pursuit of knowledge, whatever facts and truths that may lead to—are busy founding the University of Austin (UATX) right here where I live. An inaugural summer session was held in Dallas, and I invite you to read the talk that Bari Weiss gave to the first class of UATX students. It’s called “The New Founders America Needs.”



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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 15, 2022 at 4:33 AM

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  1. At first glance I thought the yellow leaf was a butterfly!


    July 15, 2022 at 8:42 AM

  2. Prominent is an understatement for the uppermost flower. The heart shaped bindweed leaf is one of nature’s finest works of art. I agree with circadianreflections…a butterfly look-alike.

    Steve Gingold

    July 15, 2022 at 11:08 AM

  3. What strikes me most is the scattering of spots on the yellow leaf that match the colors of the flowers: almost as though the bindweed blooms were dripping color onto the leaf. The leaf’s texture is interesting, too. It looks as though it’s been quilted.


    July 15, 2022 at 6:01 PM

    • I was so taken with the majority yellow area on the leaf that I didn’t pay attention to the spots and their colors. As I mentioned to Steve G., I’m sorry now that I didn’t make some close portraits of the wavy-margined leaf in its own right. If not for the fact that it must be long gone by now, I’d head back there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 15, 2022 at 6:51 PM

      • Well, you could go back, but I suspect a slight revision of Heraclitus’s wisdom would apply: ““No photographer ever records the same subject twice, for it’s not the same subject, and he’s not the same photographer.”


        July 15, 2022 at 7:16 PM

        • Heraclitus was right. If I’d gone back the next day I might have stood a chance. After more than a week, that leaf is long gone. Whether any other leaf might be turning colors now, who knows?

          Steve Schwartzman

          July 15, 2022 at 10:05 PM

  4. That explosion of color should work better than a cup of high-octane coffee to get anyone moving forward! Wow! Really unique!

    The link has opened, but my eyes and body are really really tired, so I surrender yet again to my sleep sessions, so the body can do the work needed to restore my wellness. Almost there! Lisa

    • Happy colorful high-octane coffee substitute to you. I was sorry to read in your latest post about your fall but glad to hear you’re almost back to wellness. Can we say that injuring that part of your body made you a hippie?

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 16, 2022 at 6:19 AM

  5. Love the colours – nature knows how to put on a show! 🙂

    Ann Mackay

    July 17, 2022 at 7:40 AM

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