In contrast to yesterday’s yesteryear pictures of snow, today’s photograph wants to tell you that spring is making its way into Austin. The temperature here got up to around 82°F (28°C) on February 7, which is when I photographed these buds on an agarita bush, Berberis trifoliolata. For several years I’ve been aware of this shrub’s location on some undeveloped land in my neighborhood, so I went to check it out and wasn’t disappointed.
Agarita is one of those species that botanists like to describe as “well defended.” Imagine a world where people’s knees, elbows, fingers, toes, chins, and noses were as sharp as an agarita’s leaflet tips. Or maybe don’t.
© 2013 Steven Schwartzman