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First guest post

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About a week ago, Linda of Forageporage announced that she was about to pass the one-year mark in her blog, and she asked several other bloggers if they’d like to write a guest post to mark that anniversary for her. I was one of those people, and I gladly accepted. If you’d like to see the result, you’re welcome to have a look at Convergent Evolution.

Being a language person as well as a nature person, I can’t help noticing that the title I casually chose for this announcement, First guest post, consists of three words that all end in -st. And being a math person, I see that I can truthfully claim that this is my Best first guest post, for the simple reason that it’s the only one. Of course you could answer with equal truthfulness and another -st that it’s also my Worst first guest post, again because it’s the only one. But go have a look, and with still another -st I trust that between the two logical truths you’ll be swayed to see the post as the best.

Wordplay aside, we all wish Linda well as she enters her second year promoting nature at Forageporage.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

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October 2, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Purple bindweed vine and leaf

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Ipomoea cordatotriloba; click for greater detail.

Yesterday’s post used an out-of-focus flower of Ipomoea cordatotriloba to frame the much tinier flowers of scarlet spiderling. Today I’ll focus on the Ipomoea, whose most common names, purple bindweed and tievine, identify the species as a twining vine. On the right side of this picture you see one making a cylindrical spiral as it twines its way up a stalk of dry grass. To the left of the spiral, and of course attached to it, is one of the plant’s small leaves, which sometimes have the shape of a stylized heart; mentally fold down the opposite and symmetric side of the leaf, turn your imagination 90° to the right, and you may be able to see one of those stylized hearts, though a heart with so pointy a tip has never beat inside a living chest. Both the vine and the leaf stalk have fine hairs growing on them, as you can see with no recourse to imagination, but perhaps with recourse to the larger version of the image that springs from the smaller one when it’s clicked. The two colorful circles partly visible behind the folded leaf are purple bindweed flowers some distance away. (What, has he no shame, using the same device two pictures in a row?)

I took this photograph on August 17 at Austin’s Elisabet Ney Museum, whose grounds are being restored to a native prairie. The picture is one of twelve that are on display at the museum. For those interested in photography as a craft, points 1, 2, and 5 in About My Techniques are relevant to today’s photograph. For more information about Ipomoea cordatotriloba, including a clickable map showing the places in the southeastern United States where it grows, you can visit the USDA website.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 2, 2011 at 5:34 AM

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