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Nearing the end of the cycle

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And now we approach the end of this cycle. We’ve seen:

a rain-lily bud beginning to open;

a dense colony of rain-lilies in their prime;

a colony with increasing pink beginning to rival white.

The rain-lily is an ephemeral thing, and on the third day its white has usually turned to pink and then magenta as the flower has begun to shrivel. By 6:30 yesterday evening the one shown here had gone from magenta, its usual end, to a red enhanced by the light of the setting sun. The location this time was a sump on the east side of Mopac just south of Steck Ave.

For more information about Cooperia drummondii, including a map showing where in the south-central part of the United States it grows, you can visit the USDA website.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 16, 2011 at 5:41 AM

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  1. I’ve really enjoyed this cycle you have shared with us. Thank you.


    October 16, 2011 at 6:45 AM

    • You’re welcome. I’ve enjoyed living with so many rain-lilies these last few days and having the opportunity to document them.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 16, 2011 at 6:53 AM

  2. I mistook it for a bud about to open, you captured the colours and structure of the blossom beautifully.

    After I have followed your blog for a few months, I am convinced a daily clear blue sky would drive me crazy. I cannot imagine a whole month without rain (real rain, the kind that makes puddles), let alone several in a row. The boredom of invariably unobscured sunshine would get to me just like extended periods of unceasing rain or a series of days when the fog lifts in time for sunset.


    October 16, 2011 at 2:12 PM

  3. beautiful


    October 16, 2011 at 2:52 PM

  4. Exquisite photography, Steve. I’ve added your blog to my blogroll, and I’ll definitely be back to visit. Great to see Texas in bloom after the horrendous drought (I love the “droughtbow”). I drove across the state some years ago, just about this time of year — mid-October — and I’ve always wanted to return to see the landscape in other seasons. Thanks for your images and articles.


    October 16, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    • Thanks for your compliments on my pictures and words. Yes, we’re greatly relieved to have had a few inches of rain, even though that still leaves a 15-inch deficit for the year. Do come back and visit (a hopefully wetter) Texas whenever you can.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 16, 2011 at 4:21 PM

  5. […] a rain-lily flower turning red as it shrivels up. […]

  6. […] A rain-lily turned red by the setting sun; […]

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