Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Corrugated algae

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Corrugated Algae 5466

Corrugated is just my word for it.

March 24th, Old Lampasas Trail: you can take my word for it.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

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April 21, 2014 at 5:56 AM

Astragalus leaves

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Astagalus crassicarpa Leaves 6838

And here from the same stop on the north side of Old Lampasas Trail on March 24th is a look at the pinnately compound leaves of what I took to be a ground plum plant, Astragalus crassicarpus.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

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April 20, 2014 at 5:54 AM

Astragalus

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Astragalus Flower Close 6837

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When I walked through the greenbelt on the north side of Old Lampasas Trail on March 24th I found what I think was a ground plum, Astragalus crassicarpus. The light was low, so you get this soft portrait of one of the plant’s flowers.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

April 19, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Morel mushroom

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Morel Mushroom 4700

On March 23rd, some friends and I went on a mushroom hunt close to the place on Old Lampasas Trail where I went back and photographed the golden groundsel the next day. I led our little group to the spot where some years earlier I’d found a colony of morel mushrooms, Morchella esculenta, large enough to have gathered (and then eaten) several pounds of them, but this time there wasn’t a single one. We kept looking in the area, and eventually along a nearby creek we managed to find exactly three morel mushrooms. This was one of the three.

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April 18, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Golden groundsel in a colony

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Golden Groundsel Flowering in Colony 5241

Golden groundsel, Packera obovata (formerly Senecio obovatus), thrives in shade or partial shade, where it can form colonies. For several springs in a row I’ve gone back to a creekside along Old Lampasas Trail to photograph this colony, as I did on March 24th. Packera obovata is a close relative of the butterweed that you saw from a distance in the last post.

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I’m out of town for a few days. Feel free to leave comments, but it may take me a while to answer them.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

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April 17, 2014 at 6:01 AM

A different B & B

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Bluebonnet Colony by Butterweed Colony 7908

This time the B & B of the title are bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis, and butterweed, Packera tampicana. On the afternoon of April 4th, when I was driving northbound on US 183 and nearing the southernmost reaches of Austin, I saw these two adjacent colonies in a field at the intersection with Von Quintus Rd. (the street sign said Von Qunitus Rd.). The violet-colored flowers that you can make out in a few places among the bluebonnets are prairie verbenas, Glandularia bipinnatifida.

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I’m out of town for a few days. Feel free to leave comments, but it may take me a while to answer them.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

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April 16, 2014 at 6:00 AM

More loops

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Mustang Grape Tendrils Dry and Looped 3885

Another looping subject I found at McKinney Falls State Park on March 13th was this dry tendril from a mustang grape vine, Vitis mustangensis. This specimen was only a few inches long, but a mustang grape vine can grow to the height of a tree, with a girth to match.

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I’m out of town for a few days. Feel free to leave comments, but it may take me a while to answer them.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

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April 15, 2014 at 5:55 AM

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