Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Phlox predominant

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Here’s another picture showing how flowerful the spring of 2010 was. On April 12 of that year, Eve (my wife) and I drove east out of Austin into neighboring Bastrop County, where we spotted this wonderful display. The land was private property, but I put on my longest lens, walked up to the fence line, and did the best I could from there. The rich purple flowers are phlox (probably Phlox drummondii); the yellow ones are Texas groundsel (Senecio ampullaceus); the red are Indian paintbrushes (Castilleja indivisa). As always, click the image to see more detail.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 28, 2011 at 5:55 AM

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  1. My, what a floral display! I remember seeing displays like that in the Arizona desert in a wet spring.


    July 28, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    • Yes, that’s really how it was in 2010. What a difference one year has made! I’ve read that in places that are usually dry, wildflowers take advantage of any sudden rainfall to spring forth in abundance; that corresponds to what you say about Arizona. To look at Texas now, you’d think it’s Arizona.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 29, 2011 at 5:55 AM

  2. What a beautiful field.


    July 29, 2011 at 8:03 AM

  3. […] Posted on this date last year, in the middle of the drought, when Austin had already had 43 days on which the temperature reached at least 100°: a photograph showing how flowerful the spring of 2010 had been. […]

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