Portraits of Wildflowers

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Mexican buckeye

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I’ve been so busy with our long wildflower drives that I forgot to show these
Mexican buckeye blossoms (Ungnadia speciosa) from Great Hills Park on March 10th.


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Written by Steve Schwartzman

March 19, 2023 at 4:28 AM

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  1. Beautiful


    March 19, 2023 at 4:40 AM

  2. Lovely portrait, Steve.


    March 19, 2023 at 5:51 AM

    • Thanks. I was just telling Beth (above) that this is my first Mexican buckeye portrait with a black background, which I got by using flash. Normally I’ve used natural light to portray blossoms of this species.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2023 at 5:52 AM

  3. I never had seen a Mexican buckeye until the day I visited the Aransas Wildlife Refuge and found my frog. The tree, somewhat up the trail and tucked into the woods, nearly had finished its bloom. I had no idea what it was, but eventually settled on Mexican buckeye as its identity. I’m glad to have this lovely confirmation to enjoy.


    March 19, 2023 at 7:30 AM

    • All the Mexican buckeye blossoms I saw around here two days ago were on their way out, too. Obviously this one was still fresh nine days ago when I unexpectedly came across it right by the trail I was walking in Great Hills Park. I spent 20 minutes taking pictures of it with and without flash. Satisfied with the unanticipated find, I went back home.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 19, 2023 at 8:03 AM

  4. It’s a beauty! Safe travels!


    March 19, 2023 at 10:33 AM

  5. That is a classy portrait.

    Steve Gingold

    March 19, 2023 at 3:13 PM

  6. I like the light and shadow on these – great photography!

    Ann Mackay

    March 25, 2023 at 8:35 AM

  7. I’m glad you remembered to come back to this one. Nicely done. Was this a flash photo to get that great dark background?

    Todd Henson

    March 29, 2023 at 5:25 PM

    • Now, three weeks later, I figured, as you did, that I used flash. However, in checking the metadata a minute ago I found I did not use flash. I believe I lucked out in getting this inflorescence in direct sunlight, and the blossoms looked a lot brighter than the background.

      Steve Schwartzman

      March 29, 2023 at 6:24 PM

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