Did I tell you that basket-flowers can form large colonies?
The title is a rhetorical question. I know I didn’t tell you. But they can.
Note the various stages of the basket-flowers, Centaurea americana, in this colony: some still opening, some at their peak, some already fading and turning brown. The smaller pink daubs in the background are Texas thistles, which had a colony of their own abutting the colony of basket-flowers.
Date: May 18. Location: southeastern Round Rock, less than a quarter of a mile east of where I took the last two pictures. Because this colony was new to me and was larger than the other one had been even in its heyday, I considered it a great find. Both are adjacent to what is now a frontage road of the TX 45 tollway, so eventually the properties will be built on, but I’ll keep photographing these sites in their undeveloped state for as long as they last.
For those of you who are interested in photography as a craft, points 6 and 15 in About My Techniques are relevant to this photograph.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman