Portraits of Wildflowers

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Clematis drummondii on Leucophyllum frutescens.

Given (as explained in the previous post) that August 4 marks two months and two dozen years, here’s picture number two for today, with two native species of plants in it. Taken like the previous photo on August 4, 2008, this picture shows a young Clematis drummondii vine some distance from the more mature one in the last post. This vine was climbing on a shrub called cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens), which, though truly native a little farther south and farther west in Texas, is widely planted in Austin because of the profuse and pretty flowers it puts forth several times each summer. In addition to the two plants, notice the small insect on one of the cenizo flowers at the right. To give you a sense of scale: each cenizo flower is about an inch across.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM

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  1. Beautiful shot, such grandeur for such a small organism, and such colors! Your shots are an inspiration.

    I love taking pics of flowers. Here in Colorado, we’ve had an incredibly wet year with feet of snow well into spring, and one of the wettest Aprils and Julys in recorded history. The local native State flower, the white and lavender Columbine, loves it, and there are thousands of them throughout the pine and aspen forests, way more than there usually are. Check out this pic I got recently of Aquilegia caerulea:


    Toby Leeson

    August 4, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    • Thanks, Toby. I’m glad to hear you find these pictures—and the plants portrayed in them—inspiring.

      At least in Colorado you have water; you’re uphill from us, so maybe you could just let some of that water flow down to Texas.

      Thanks for the link to the picture of Aquilegia caerulea, a species we don’t have down here. The sight of thousands of them in the forests must be something.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2011 at 4:31 PM

  2. Astonishing!


    August 4, 2011 at 10:41 PM

    • Happy astonishment. Eve is fond of this picture too, which is one reason I went ahead and posted it today.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 4, 2011 at 11:29 PM

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