Portraits of Wildflowers

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To Have and Have Not 2

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Trunks of black willows, Salix nigra, reflected in Bull Creek.

As I said yesterday, once upon a time we had water. Just four months ago, even if the land was dry, it was conspicuously less parched and barren than now. Here’s a view of the trunks of some black willow trees, Salix nigra, reflected in Bull Creek as it flowed through St. Edward’s Park in northwest Austin on March 10.

Texas isn’t France (though it’s about the same size), but water is water, and we can easily see how it inspired the Impressionist painters.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 15, 2011 at 6:00 AM

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  1. […] post showed a section of Bull Creek in northwest Austin as it appeared in March. Three days ago I went to a portion of the creek not far from there to see how things were looking. […]

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog. Here in Wyoming we are having quite the opposite water experience with every mountain range in the state having 150 to 300% of normal May snow pack. Yesterday marks the first day this year for every major drainage in Wyoming to (finally) be below flood stage. Believe me though, I can relate to the dry conditions in your area. Before 2010, we were looking at eight years of drought!

    The native plants seem well adapted to these extremes and changes. I have noticed an ebb and flow of species mixtures through these climatic changes. Very interesting to witness.


    July 17, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    • Too bad you can’t export some of your water to us. I sure hope your experience of eight years of drought doesn’t repeat itself here.

      Native plants are generally well adapted, but even some of those here are showing lots of stress. On the other hand, some others aren’t: the sunflowers, for instance, have been going great guns for the past couple of months (in the process giving me lots of opportunities to take pictures).

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 17, 2011 at 2:39 PM

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