Firewheel up close
Although you’ve seen several photographs this spring showing firewheels in colonies, and a picture of a stray one starting to open very early in the season, so far this year you’ve never seen a closeup of a fully open flower head. Let me make up for that now with this picture taken in northeast Austin way back on March 14, a date that shows you how early this species began appearing in force in 2012. The Gaillardia pulchella flowers in this field were all as fresh and vibrant as the one shown here.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman