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Sometimes the blue that’s violet or purple is white

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White Bluebell Flowers 0892

Speaking of bluebells (Eustoma exaltatum ssp. russellianum), which my eyes and brain see as violet or purple, I’ll add that occasionally the flowers are mostly white. That’s obviously the case in this view from July 16 on the Blackland Prairie in far northeast Austin. Note the faint traces of the normal color rising into the petals’ whiteness.

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August 11, 2016 at 5:19 AM

First bluebells for 2016

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Bluebell Bud and Flower from Side 9853

On June 28th I came across my first bluebells (Eustoma exaltatum ssp. russellianum) of the year when I went walking along the Northern Walnut Creek Trail. As I took pictures, a Korean man and his wife who were also walking the trail stopped nearby. The man told me that he knows these native American wildflowers from Korea, where they’ve apparently been cultivated for some time, as they have in Japan as well.

On the aesthetic side, don’t you like the way the bud and its stalk arc across the flower below them? I do. And if you’re interested in the craft of photography, point 20 in About My Techniques is relevant to today’s image. So are points 1 and 2. So is 18.

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August 10, 2016 at 4:29 AM

Bluebell gentian flower unrolling

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Opening Bluebell Flower with Hole in It 1991

Don’t know what it is with 2015, but I haven’t seen any bluebell gentians (Eustoma exaltatum ssp. russellianum) this year.* Last year on August 6th in far northeast Austin I photographed this unrolling bud that had caught my attention because of the prominent hole in one petal. I’ll anticipate your question and say that I don’t know what caused the hole itself and the rings around it.


* Two days ago I was pleasantly surprised to come across a few late bluebell flowers, but as I’d already prepared this post I decided to keep it in the lineup.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 12, 2015 at 5:03 AM

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