This picture from May 21 in Burnet County, about 45 minutes northwest of Austin, shows two types of drying out. In the background are ashe juniper trees, Juniperus ashei, some of which were killed by last year’s drought. In the foreground you see a dense colony of basket-flowers, Centaurea americana, drying out in their usual way after flowering for several weeks. As fond as I am of fresh basket-flowers, for reasons that you understand from the last few posts, I also find the sepia tones of a dry colony appealing.
© 2012 Steven Schwartzman