Portraits of Wildflowers

Perspectives on Nature Photography

Scarlet pea

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Behold the small flowers of scarlet pea, Indigofera miniata. This plant, a member of the legume family, lives close to the ground and might easily go unnoticed but for its flowers, which range in color from pink or salmon to the more saturated red of this specimen. I took the photograph at Austin’s Elisabet Ney Museum, whose grounds are being restored to a native prairie. As was the case yesterday, today’s photograph is one of twelve that are currently on display at the museum. For those not familiar with Elisabet Ney, a German artist who settled in Texas in the 1800s and specialized in sculpture, I encourage you to take a look at the museum’s website and Wikipedia.

For more information about Indigofera miniata, including a clickable map showing the states in the United States where this species grows, you can visit the USDA websiste.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

September 26, 2011 at 5:24 AM

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  1. News of the native prairie restoration is music to my soul. The little scarlet pea is eye candy! Thanks!
    ~ Lynda

    pixilated2

    September 26, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    • Music to mine too. It’s reassuring that so many native species have found a home there. Unfortunately, because of the continuing drought and the wildfires, the city has mowed the vegetation; but it will come back once (if?) we get rain again.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 26, 2011 at 11:01 AM

  2. Steve: I’m very pleased you stopped by PD, as it’s enabled me to find you. I have now viewed a few of your exquisite photographs and look forward to more (I’m adding you to my feeds). I loved your quotation from Pascal, and yes, it does seem as if Ravel may stand on the foundation of that quotation.

    Susan Scheid

    September 26, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    • It’s good to meet another S.S. (and even Sch… in the last name). I’m pleased that you appreciate these photographs. This used-to-be math teacher is always happy to promote Pascal.

      Steve Schwartzman

      September 26, 2011 at 8:42 PM


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