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Rembrandt comes to central Texas

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Seed head of a Texas thistle, Cirsium texanum; click to enlarge.

Yes, here’s a Rembrandtesque view of a Texas thistle drying out and coming apart, which it must do to accomplish its purpose of disseminating seeds. As pretty as a thistle flower head can be when it’s fresh, it has a different appeal—but still an appeal, even if chaotic—when it’s drying out. Shown here is a Texas thistle, Cirsium texanum, that had already advanced to that stage on the Brushy Creek Regional Trail in Williamson County in mid-May of this year.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 7, 2011 at 2:41 PM

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