Silverpuff living within its constraints
Still another fuzzy thing I found at the Bullas’ place on February 24 was silverpuff, a small wildflower in the genus Chaptalia. Most of the ones I see around Austin keep their flower heads constrained in the way you see here, but somehow, as closed as they remain, they still manage to get themselves pollinated.
In addition to the felt-like texture, notice how many pastel colors there are in this inch-long flower head: green, purple, reddish-violet, and brown. For an explanation of the black background, which is completely natural, see point 4 in About My Techniques.
© 2013 Steven Schwartzman